Is there a right or wrong way to screen candidates for a position?
As we are moving towards a digital era it has never been easier to uncover the most private affairs of a potential employee.
Many corporate jobs require access to your social as if they are inviting themselves into your bedroom without any permission. Depends whose side you are looking from, this becomes pervasive for good and not so good reasons.
“YOU CAN TELL A LOT ABOUT SOMEONE JUST BY SPENDING 10 MINUTES IN THEIR BEDROOM.” BLINK BY MALCOLM GLADWELL
It’s easy to start a fake account and give that to your bosses, but through 5 minutes of digging around google and surfing your friend’s social accounts, it becomes more obvious what it is you are hiding. Your secret fetishes for weird sex toys, or your love for specialty bongs and other marijuana paraphernalia.
The resume is like something out of Jurassic park, a prehistoric T-Rex. As easy it is with thousands of online forums and application to find the best way to articulate your resume, bosses are more concerned with what you do in your personal life than your professional career.
They don’t concern about what you have done, they want to know what you can do now.
No more of these; I am excellent at organizational skills. I am capable of working in a fast-paced environment. I have outstanding interpersonal skills and I am detail oriented. (For the last part if you say anything about detail, please pay attention to detail).
No one cares about any of those because they are too vague, at least I don’t when I am looking for a potential candidate. What does excellent even mean? I want to know the truth of who you are, why you want to be hired, your true intentions, how you will contribute, and if you didn’t catch the first part, honesty.
Your detail orientated? What is it the makes you so good at paying attention to detail?
Have you researched the company you are applying for? Do you know what they sell or do, services/products they provide? Who are they affiliated with? Who their potential clients are?
WHAT MAKES YOU SO SPECIAL?
Really think about this for a minute. What makes you the good candidate?
I am speaking here from an employer’s point of view if you didn’t catch that already.
Aside from other applicants, what makes you stand out?
Every job will have different criteria for hiring, although some jobs will be looking for the same thing in the people they hire; Honest, hard working, skilled, punctual.
Think about it in terms if you were hiring. Would you hire yourself? Why would you hire yourself?
Re-engineer the process, work back words, put yourself in the shoes of an employer who’s interviewing you.
During the interview forget the script, sounding autonomys makes it much worse. Be authentic. You aren’t perfect neither is the person who’s going to hire you. It’s okay to make mistakes and be vulnerable. I would prefer to hire someone who is themselves rather than pretending to be someone they are not.
YOUR TRUE COLORS WILL SHINE IF NOT AFTER THE FIRST DAY, THEN AFTER THE FIRST WEEK OR MONTH.
Remember just as easy it is to articulate a great resume it is also easy for employers to find abstract questions that are completely unexpected for the initial interview.
I don’t want to get into when machines will do the hiring because that will be a lengthy post and we will all be doomed by then. Since machines will be more biased than humans, the reason is because they will take on human biased input/interpretations.
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