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interview-this-will-go-wellBecome wise by walking with the wise; hang out with fools and watch your life fall to pieces. (Proverbs 13:20, MSG)

You know the drill.

Your perspective depends on which side of the desk you’re on.

To hire or to be hired.

To hire is to search and discover a new team member.

You refine the position description. You get the benefits and salary package information together. And then you either call in help—a recruiter—or tackle the search process yourself with Monster, Craigslist, or some industry-specific source.

The resumes flood your in-box. After about the sixth one, they all start to look alike. “I’m the best candidate because . . .”

So you choose a few and begin the interviews. You remind yourself you’re looking for only one, preferably the one.

Or from the other side of the desk, you’re looking to be hired as that new team member.

You polish up your resume, using the latest template. Or, maybe even get a professional resume writer to help you present your best self—your work life—in one-and-a-half pages.

You scour the online sites like Monster, Craigslist, and your industry-specific sources, looking for that “a-ha” position; the one that sounds like it was written for you, preferably that meets your salary requirements.

You email your resume. And wait. And wait. And wait some more, wondering why these folks are so slow and isn’t it clear that you’re the best candidate and they obviously don’t realize who you are.

You get an email back. First from one. Then another. And another. You remind yourself you’re looking for only one, preferably the one.

Regardless of which side of the desk you’re on, the dance is the same. The position requires certain skills. Most of the time there’s more to the job than is written down so you both dance around until you bump into some of those skills.

And when all of the commiserate boxes are checked, and the assessments done, and the salary negotiated, an offer is made and accepted.

You hired.

You got hired.

And after all of this effort, time, and energy, both of you forgot the biggest question and answer of all: is this person/are these people wise or fools?

You can get all of the technical skills defined just right and ask all of the best questions designed to surface answers that reveal a great deal about the person, and yet at the end of process, is she or he wise or a fool?

What kind of person are you hiring?

Do the company core values reflect back in this person’s character?

Is this someone I can hand the keys to and turn my back?

You can do all of the online research about a company you want, and ask all of the best questions designed to surface company secrets, and yet at the end of the process, is this person with whom you’ll be working wise or a fool?

What kind of person and company are you going to work for?

Do your personal core values reflect back to you in the way they do business?

Will your best, unique contribution be valued and developed?

Your work satisfaction, possibly your career, hang on the answers.

Become wise by walking with the wise; hang out with fools and watch your life fall to pieces.

Hire and be hired wisely to increase your faith with greater joy at work so you love God and others more.

Dr. Joey Faucette

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