Because we are always in pursuit of quality employees I am always reading and looking for insights that might help us with our recruiting. Here are three items I stumbled across this week.
How Random Disrespect Can Hurt You. In a piece on Mashable, Tim Chester told a story about how a man on the subway was rude to another passenger and that passenger turned-out later to be the person interviewing the offender for a job. Here is what Chester wrote:
“The man was travelling on the London Underground Monday when a fellow passenger blocked his way. He responded in the traditional London manner, with a push, a shove and some of the expletive-laden compliments so familiar with dwellers in the capital.
Perhaps he was stressed; he had an interview lined up for the role of Python Developer at Forward Partners for later that day. What he didn't realize was that his victim was Matt Buckland, Head of Talent and Recruiting at Forward Partners, who had one task for the afternoon: fill the role of Python Developer.”
It turns out later that day the offender who ran into Buckland showed up for a job interview.
“It was totally awkward,” Buckland told the BBC. “So I approached it by asking him if he'd had a good commute that morning. We laughed it off and in a very British way I somehow ended up apologizing.”
Needless to say the offender did not get the job.
How Kindness Can Help You. I read a story in the 2015 Old Farmer’s Almanac this week by Nancy Pullen, who was a contest winner for an essay about coincidences. Here is what Nancy wrote:
“In 1984, on a turbulent flight into my hometown, I comforted the flyer next to me who was in tears until the wheels touched down. She thanked me, and we shared a laugh.
In 1985, I found myself in dire straits and really needed a job. On my way to an interview, I spotted a woman whose car had broken down. She looked frantic. Hoping that I wouldn’t be late, I offered her a ride. It was the woman from the plane! We recognized each other, shared another laugh, and determined that we were headed to the same block.
We parted way in a garage and I headed for my interview. When my name was called and I was ushered into an office, I saw behind the desk…the lady! We burst out laughing, and she said, 'You’re hired!' She’s the best boss I’ve ever had.”
In the stories about the interviews it is interesting to note that the first story was about a man and the second about a woman.
How Resumes Can Deceive You. I was forwarded an interesting infographic report by BackgroundChecks.org on statistics about how applicants lie on their resumes. When you go to this site you can get a very nice visual report with sources. Here are a few distressing highlights that caught my attention:
• 70% of college graduates would lie on a resume to get a job they want
• 53% (that’s every other resume) contains falsifications
• Only 51% of employers say they would automatically dismiss an applicant who lied
• Men lie twice as much as women
As we and our customers continue our pursuit for great employees, we can only hope we get the kind of folks that stop and help us when we need it and tell us the truth on their resumes and during their interviews.