Thursday, June 21, 2007

in search for Mister or Miss Right

For the past few weeks I have been interviewing applicants for a position vacant in my unit. The batch of people that Human Resources sent me all graduated from the most reputable schools in the country. In fact all of them were Cum Laudes, the top of the class. Since they are newly graduates they don't have much work experience to boast but the organizations they've actively participated in and the interships that they had taken were quite impressive.

I was looking for someone who is a good researcher, someone who has patience to pacify an irritated client, someone who loves helping other people, and someone who is a prolific writer. A good sense of humor is also a must in my team!

In the thirty or so minutes that I have to interview an applicant I am supposed to be able to determine their interpersonal skills, leadership qualities, analytical thinking, problem-solving skills and what not. But what about the other skills and characteristics that are also essential for the position? How about integrity, love for work and trustworthiness, how do you determine that? Do you think good exam scores and and good psychological test results and passing rigorous interviews can ensure you that you have actually picked out a gem among the rubbles of stone?

I remembered a very unique interview I had with an American company I worked for a few years back. I was interviewed for more than two hours! The way the interview went it was like the hiring manager was convincing me that I was right for the job! How do you figure that? I was struck by something that he said to me then. I think that probably sealed the deal for me. He said, "you know my wife and I prayed for many days for God to send me the right person for the job and it seems to me that today our prayers were answered." And he looked at me with a knowing smile.

Of course I took the job! How could I not? It was the only interview I got into that acknowledged that God, too, has a hand in the selection process. And as it turned out, my prayers were answered as well. I found the 'perfect' job =)

John Maxwell says, "people don't care how much you know until they know how much you care."

Finding the right people to work with is a tedious task. But saying a little prayer for Mister or Miss Right to come along, does a lot of good. I have yet to find mine - but it is something I learned that I also have to pray for. When you are chosing people for a job or people to enter in your life, it's always good to ask Him for a little guidance.

Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character and love for God to keep you there.


cotojo said...

Great post, it reminds me of one position I applied for many years ago and bluffed my way into, but I was good at my job and proved it time and time again. When I was interviewing for new staff it would be quite a lengthy process to get to know them, and whether they would gel into my small team and be able to work under pressure and deal with the public. So before I started the process I would pray and ask for guidance. I would see all of the applicants over several days, and then spend the weekend allowing my mind to 'float', and then there was a vision of the right person or persons, so I would hire them and they turned out to be excellent students eager to learn....All you need is Faith and to Believe.
It works wonders, and you also have to believe in yourself too. I could rattle on lol, but I'll save it for my blog entry one of these days.
Nice one Lisa, God Bless my friend :o)


louann said...

I have been with the HR dep't for 3 years and was working with the recruitment team during my 1st year and OMG, I can totally relate to you! Up until now, I still do occasional interviews and I often find myself asking myself if hiring this person would be a right decision.

Sophiagurl said...

@@@Cotojo - thank you Colin, I am always looking forward to your comments here at my site. thank you for sharing your experiences. will look forward to your posts over at God bless you too my friend.

@@@Louann - yes I do agree how difficult it could be at times. it's like choosing from a Ms. Universe contest haha.

surjit said...

I think Sophia,you have summed up your post in a perfect manner:
....Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character and love for God to keep you there...'
A very good post.Blessings.

Jeya Anand said...

Hey that was good...
yeah the character and love matters the most....take care...

Sophiagurl said...

@@@Surjit - i am glad that you liked this post. always a pleasure to see you visit. blessings to you too.

@@@Jeya - yes it does. take care and have a great weekend! thanks for visiting.