Hollison Journey

“The road of life twists and turns and no two directions are ever the same. Yet our lessons come from the journey, not the destination.” – Don Williams Jr

Q & A

on May 5, 2008

In honor of my first day at my new job, I present this:

Interview Advice For the Interviewer

I’ve been in a lot of job interviews. It took me a year to land my first “real” job out of college and it took 3 months of searching to find the job that would replace. In addition, I hired my own staff when I was editor and helped interview staff when I was managing editor. So here’s some advice based on real life scenarios (some details have been altered to protect identities).

*Don’t forget: you represent your company. Once, I got an interview with a “marketing boutique.” I was kind of excited about it. It sounded trendy, fast-paced, and down right fun. Upping the cool quotient was the fact that the office was based out of the owner’s studio loft apartment in a trendy par of town. I arrived at the apartment at the agreed upon time and knocked. I was greeted by the owner, a woman in cotton shorts and a t-shirt, no makeup, and flip flops. Her apartment was a mess, including the unmade bed in plain sight. Meanwhile, I was in a suit with light makeup and jewelery. The woman was abrasive, blunt, and down right annoying. I suffered through the interview and went home. I never contacted her again. I understand the perks of working out of your house. But seriously? A previously scheduled interview with a potential co-worker and you don’t even change clothes or make your bed?

* If you end up not hiring someone, have the decency to tell them. Not that long ago I interviewed for an office position with a real estate group. The first interview went well and I came back for a second interview. The agent seemed excited and said many times how much she would like to hire me. At the end of the second interview, she even said “I’ll be in touch. I think we’re getting close.” I waited the alloted amount of time and when I hadn’t heard from her, I called and left a message. A few days later I emailed her. Two days after that, I saw the job re-posted on craigslist with the phrase, “We are looking for the RIGHT candidate.” Ouch. My respect for this woman went way down. I can handle not being right for the job. But after two interviews and hints that I WAS right for the job, are you really so cowardly that you can’t tell me you won’t be hiring me?

*When you do hire someone, treat them right. On the first day of one of my jobs, I received flowers and a card from my new co-workers and my boss took me to lunch. Talk about feeling welcomed! Just because I signed my I-9 and W-4 doesn’t mean that my resume isn’t still out there. If I feel that things aren’t working out, I will still be job searching.

* Finally, trust your gut. When I was editor I had a position to fill with two candidates. On paper, staffer A looked better, mainly because she had an extra year of experience. After the interviews though, I felt Staffer B was the best choice. Staffer A came to me the next day and demanded to know why she wasn’t selected. She was upset and I was sympathetic but ultimately, my gut told me which one. I doubted my decision for about two seconds, but I remembered that I had 10 years experience by then – if I felt that Staffer B was the best choice, then I was picking up on something that couldn’t be put on paper.


4 responses to “Q & A

  1. Macayla Jo Adams says:

    I love having smart friends. :o) I’m very happy for you that you have a new job and I hope that you enjoy it immensely. Love you much!

  2. sudsyjoe says:

    These are great tips. If I ever do hiring, I will remember them.

    BTW, do you want to be my pastoral associate when I grow up, er, am ordained (God willing)? 😉

  3. hollisonjourney says:

    Absolutely Joseph! If you can arrange to have a parish that has all of my favorite priests-to-be, in addition to hiring some of our friends, that would be awesome!!!

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