As some of you know, I’ve recently started blogging again. I’m encouraged as I graaaadually develop a small following (thank you) and feel like a kid on Christmas day if LinkedIn’s analytics indicate that 60 people have viewed any one of my posts.
About two weeks ago, I reposted an article authored by Kyle Reyes, “CEO Makes Employees Take Snowflake Test” and as of the time of this posting 3,876 people (and counting) have viewed my reposting of that article (that doesn’t include the number of views Reyes received directly) and over 1,000 on Twitter. After he published that article, Reyes was interviewed by several news outlets about that topic. While that’s several thousand more views than I usually get on any of my posts, considering the world population those 3,876 views are a drop in the bucket and I wouldn’t say my repost “went viral”. But, as someone who has about 570 LinkedIn followers and lucky to get 50 views on any of my blog posts, this was better than Christmas day. This is like getting a Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-shot Range Model air rifle with a compass in the stock on Christmas day!
Clearly, that article has gained some traction. But, why? What was it about that article that seems to have ignited an already smoldering fuse with so many people? Reyes’ article doesn’t pull any punches. It’s a bit “in your face”, edgy and certainly not for everyone. AND, HE SPEAKS HIS TRUTH. His truth isn’t meant to be accepted by everyone. It’s meant to be accepted only by those who share his passion. It’s a perfect example of how to establish an organizational culture.
Here’s your pep-talk:
Be courageous. Be vulnerable. If you know what you’re meant to do and that you can make a difference but don’t think there’s anyone else out there who shares the same crazy dream, you’re wrong. Put it out there and I promise you you’ll attract the right kind of crazy to help make your vision reality.
- - and the world will continue turning - - and your world will grow and be enriched by those who share your vision and help you succeed.
Be true to yourself and who you are.
Know that there is a value in who you are and what you offer. Respect yourself accordingly.
Surround yourself by people who share the same values - - those who will support you and who mutually care enough about your cause to offer viewpoints different than yours in order to “get it right”.
Let’s not forget: We are meant to be free. We are so free that we can even choose bondage. Choose wisely. Audentes fortuna iuvat
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Aaaahhhh, yes . . . the elusive interview process. How many times have you interviewed a candidate, concluded that they were a “perfect fit” and found out at some point not so long after you hired them that they were not a perfect fit?
If you’re like many people, you’ve probably experienced this more than once or twice. In fact, this may even be the norm given your past and present interview process. You may often ask yourself, “How the heck did we miss that?” and, “How do can we vet that next time?”. Well, today is your lucky day because that’s the topic of this article!
To take a cue from Brad Remillard, co-founder of IMPACT Hiring Solutions, the key is to develop an interview process that determines if a candidate is a good fit for the available position in your organization. The candidate’s résumé got them the interview and now becomes ancient history. A good interview goes beyond the typical Q&A such as:
Q: Are you a team player?
Q: What’s your greatest weakness?
A: I’m a perfectionist.
Q: What are you most proud of?
A: My children.
You get the picture. The only information you may learn with this type of interview might be how good of a BS-er the candidate is. I suggest that such interviews are a waste of time for all involved.
I’m also suggesting that the interview should be unique to your organization and be designed so that you’re able to determine whether or not the candidate is the best [ insert position here ] for your organization. This means going beyond the outdated, stale, one-dimensional interviews of yore.
If you’re seeking to learn whether or not the candidate can work their magic in your organization then you need to be clear on a few things so you know what you’re looking for. Topics such as organizational goals, metrics, challenges, improvements, projects, culture, etc. specific to the position in question should all find their way into your interview process. In most instances, your interview should focus more on the future of your organization rather than the candidate’s past experience.
And, for goodness sake - - have some FUN with your interviews! Be creative. Do something unique & unexpected. I often site an example about a fitness center in Florida that wanted to develop an interview process to determine whether or not candidates were truly team players. Prior to a candidate meeting with anyone for their scheduled interview, they were asked to wait in a room with several chairs. While candidates waited, an employee would enter the room & grab a chair and explain to the candidate that they were setting up for a meeting just down the hall and needed more chairs. Over the next few minutes, the same employee would return several times to the chair-filled room retrieving more chairs.
You can probably guess how someone who IS a team player might respond - - by helping carry chairs to the meeting! This is so much more of an accurate test than asking, “are you a team player?”.
If you want to identify the “rock star candidates” who are a good fit for your organization, spend some time becoming familiar with your organization so that you know what you’re looking for and can recognize it when you find it in a candiate.
Consider, engaging your team and spur their creativity in developing a fun and unique interview process. You’ll not only successfully identify great candidates, you’ll also improve engagement and fun with your team. If you don’t feel confident spear-heading this effort yourself, give me a call!
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