Has the traditional job interview had its day? Is there something better than sitting in front of a potential employer and being grilled? I’m not so sure that there is. Read on to find out why:
“When you go in for a job interview, I think a good thing to ask is if they ever press charges.” Jack Handy
It seems to me that every few months someone somewhere decides on a radical new approach to the job interview and recruitment. Take for example ‘The Waiter Rule‘:
How executives treat waiters probably demonstrates how they treat their actual employees. Sitting in the chair of CEO makes me no better of a person than the forklift operator in our plant. If you treat the waiter, or a subordinate, like garbage, guess what? Are they going to give it their all? I don’t think so.
Or take leadership coach Lawrence M. Miller. He claims that and employer can find the best employees by turning the interview process upside down:
Miller found the best employees for his Maryland-based management-consulting firm when he turned the interview process upside down, bringing in candidates in small groups, and asking them to interview him and his team and then each other.
I could never understand why co-workers and not managers, wouldn’t interrogate potential colleagues? In any event, there are all sorts of problems with the traditional job interview, but the alternatives are often worse. There’s a reason why the system has survived so long. It requires that applicants put a reasonable amount of effort into coming up with answers to predictable questions. All while trying to feign interest and enthusiasm. And I guess that faking passion and attentiveness are arguably the two most important skills in most workplaces.
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