DON'T be the TERROR HM :-(hiring manager)


DON'T be the TERROR HM :-(hiring manager)

Job Interview seems easy for everyone. But they often forgot that  JOB INTERVIEW is the most critical process within an organization.
Once in a while, a supervisor, a manager, an executive becomes a Hiring Manager, who needs to discern the best, the good and the ugly truth.
Although some might say that there are functions that are disposable and some are not. But the truth in that matter is that all functions are indisposable. And we might often think that a person not the function is replaceable.
So we go all the way to mass hiring, and wasting everybody's time. Only to hire 3 people out of our 100 target. And we complain that we are exhausted, tired and do not want to repeat ourself introducing our company again and again. And wish that we can have a recorder to play it when needed.
The job interview becomes a speed dating, without knowing the person we are hiring and the looks become the passport. We lost the sense of being human. Acting like a robot to reach a target and neglecting quality.
One of the most worst question every HIRING Manager asks is, "Why are you here?"Argh... you posted a job opening, you are the one who needs a person to fill in your position and invited me for the interview. The question should have been "Why should we consider you for the position?", the "why are you here" makes the hiring company as a whole dumb.
I remember I was asked by a famous fruit company, flew me half way and only to be asked why I was there. There are a lot of good questions to ask a candidate such as "How can you help our organization grow?" or maybe they don't need people to grow, they just need people to turn on the lights. Ask more intelligent questions, he might has the answer to make your company profitable again.
Another worst thing to do is to interrogate the applicant. mean, come on, applicants are human being, they are not criminals. Do some real conversation to know the person well. After all, he might be the future president of the company.
Long time ago, I was interviewed by B_sch, a very prestigious company I might say, very nice office and yet the HR become the worst terror in my list. We started the interview as me smiling and her seems to have a lot of office burden and family problems. I can't paint her face, she looks nice but the attitude was way off. She started to interrogate me as if I committed a crime by accepting their interview invitation. Then to lighten it up I ask a simple question in related to what she is saying. In a very polite manner with still the smile on my face "Ahm. Can I ask a questi............" I was not able to finish my statement with her hand in front of me as if a traffic enforcer telling me to stop asking question, followed by "question will be entertain later at the end of the interview". Which I would say like more of an interrogation. After the hand gesture I told her politely "I am no longer interested and I should be moving forward and anyway thank you for your time". As professional as ever, I said my pice. It's been more than years and I can still remember the culture of B_sch company being one of the worst place to be.
And the worst of it all, don't humiliate your applicant.
I was interviewed by this Expat from A_oitiz, mind you he is the president of one of the subsidiaries. And he told me I'm no good but we haven't started yet. And another company _TSI asked me to tell him my dream and he told me that my dream is ridiculous. Oh come on you are asking me for my dream and you are judging me without me explaining why it was my dream. That is why we called it a dream, if you want to stay in reality you should have ask the most intelligent question of "This is our problem and what you do think is most feasible solution today?". If you ask for a dream, a dream goes beyond boundaries. You can only ask for their dreams, if you want to know how good the applicants on putting future ready plans. That applicant can be the answer to your problem which has been bugging your organization for the past two years that you are hiding it from the management.
And last but not the least is, don't ridicule your applicant.
I mean no matter how ridiculous an answer should be, you don't know how much courage and honesty that person goes through just to give you the most sincere answer. He prepared so much and research a lot to excel on the interview. Or should we say the reason why you want to ridicule him is because he knows much of your company better than you do. He might be the best person you are looking for to succeed but you are just too afraid that he might surpass your legacy. 
I would rather hire that person because of sincerity, honesty, truthfulness and integrity for the best interest of the organization and not about serving your self interest.
The best interview I would say and will never forget, from my former President Mr. Fong, he has the most respectable character and his presence is so powerful yet you can feel his humility. He asked me where do I put my loyalty, and after lots of missed answer, he surprisingly told me the answer "never put your loyalty to the company, the company can change, never put your loyalty to people even to me as the president, because I can change too. Put your loyalty to your own values and philosophy" that is the best values I have up to this day and I continue to share the same stories to my staff, colleagues and students.
Remember that whatever the Interviewer says will reflect the organization in general.
So, stand up, look at yourself in the mirror and ask yourself, if you have done this act before. Now is the time to change and begin your transformation. Be the best that you can be, and bring out the best of the applicant to suit your organizational needs and not your personal wants.

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