Sometimes I like to reflect back on why I decided to make the career switch into Human Resources. It was a "later" in life decision, and I know I was encouraged by others, but clearly there was something in it that drew me to HR.
So I went hunting through past blog posts from my pre-HR days and found this one. It made me laugh because for some reason - I thought that this was only a non-HR perspective...
I also now realize that those who encouraged me to go into HR probably didn't like me very much.
Friday, June 01, 2007
Tales from the other side of the table
I have to say that aside from the obvious benefits (experience) that I am getting form participating in interviews, I find it incredibly enlightening.
Recently I was one half of an interviewing powerhouse (the other half being my starfish of a boss). We interviewed all eight people that applied. That was mistake number one. One that I would like to say for the record, I had no say in the matter.
Previously I could only imagine the diversity of the people that are out there. I’ve now been witness to some of the most interesting interview tactics and answers. If you are in doubt of how to proceed at your next interview, may I suggest the following:
1 – Pretend that you don’t want the job. State that you know you make more than the position will pay and that you will not take a pay cut. Make sure that you emphasize that you will not be able to start until September. As a parting thought, leave the interviews with this gem – “I don’t want to brag, but I probably know the most about the business in the building”. (That’s a seller when you are applying for an entry-level position)
2 – Play the sympathy card. Tell us you want the job so that you don’t have to move out of the city (because you have another job lined up). You want to stay with your girlfriend so that you can start a family.
3 – Tell us nothing. Hem and haw about the answers and admit that you don’t know how your experience relates the to position that you are applying for.
4 – Admit you know nothing about the job, but that you are sure you can do it.
5- Your only motive for applying: to get off shift work (honest, I know, but perhaps not the BEST thing to say in an interview)
6- Why should we hire you? Everyone likes me. (They won’t if we give you this job)
7- How do you resolve conflicts? I don’t have any. (I beg to differ…)
In this day of self-promotion, I find it incredibly humbling that many people can be so open and honest. To a fault.
I know I’m picking on the interviewees – those that are under the glare of the spotlight and are nervous. Truly, if I were to pick on my interview partner, this blog entry would be MUCH longer. I suppose I’m just fascinated at the range of the human behaviour.
And so continues my covert study of the average person in average conditions. Don’t tell anyone though. If word gets out that I’m not really working for the company, but in spite of it, then all hell could break loose.
Of course, that would also be interesting to watch…