I always find it challenging and fruitful to try and describe a tough topic in concise ways. It forces you to prioritize your thoughts, weed out the noise, and reinforce the signal. Here is my first exercise of the year.
Posts Tagged ‘motivation’
Interviews are critical conversations. You have limited time and a specific purpose: to discern the relative qualifications of an applicant versus other applicants. Don’t waste time looking for the perfect candidate; look for the best candidate from the pool of
applicants. The later you are in the interview process, the more effective and discerning you can be because you have context from the other candidates and need only to discover whether this person is better or worse for the job than your frontrunners.
The crux of a good interview should answer three questions about a candidate:
- Can they perform in the role?
- Will they love the job?
- Will the organization/team reject them or embrace them?
Few decisions in business are as crucial as hiring the right people. Most businesses run on the backs of employees, and interviews are one of the key filters in the hiring process. So how serious and prepared are most interviewers? In my experience, most are complacent and unprepared. Most interviewers get the same value in the first 5 minutes as they do in 60 to 90 minutes. The initial impression gained during the first 5 minutes, mostly framed by appearance and the candidate’s resume, is the predominant differentiator.
Communications are the foundation for humans to live together in harmony. Most of us would benefit from improving our communications skills. This should come as no surprise: Millions of teachers, parents, and supervisors emphasize this every day. Yet it seems like our communications skills are not improving. School-age children and young adults, aspiring workers, and even mature professionals seem disinterested in their communications skills. Plenty of good stuff is available to teach people who are motivated to learn. Therein lies the problem: lack of motivation. My contention is that people who really enjoy the English language are much more motivated to improve.
One of my retirement dreams is to build an adolescent leadership camp where kids can learn some of the things they don’t learn in school. Key elements will include working out personal values, practicing teamwork, and problem solving through a variety of puzzles, games, and workshops. After fleshing out a blueprint for this camp and discussing it with friends, I realized that many of the camp elements relate to lessons learned in communicating more effectively.