The Mississippi State Council of SHRM celebrated the 20th Annual Mississippi Human Resource Conference & Expo during the second week of May 2015. This annual conference, held in the spring of each year, was held at the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. Read more
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Time moves forward with each passing year and, as each year passes, we find ourselves to be the beneficiaries of new experiences, sorrows, joys, etc. Time changes us. For me, this was a year of change.
Everything is an investment. Time is an investment. Education is, too. How important are the returns we receive on the investments we make? This isn’t about the ROI of money. This is the ROI of YOU. Read more
I wish I had more time for reading just as I wish I had more time for writing. Actually, for that matter, I wish I had more time for just about everything. (Don’t we all?) I spent time last night reading various posts on Performance I Create. The purpose of this post is to introduce anyone who might be unfamiliar with the site and highlight a random post sampling. They’ve perfected the art of capturing my attention and I hope it is the same for you. Read more
The HR to WHO Interview: Tim Barry
I connected with Tim Barry about a year ago and have enjoyed our interactions online. When considering someone for this HR to Who interview, Tim was the obvious choice. Why? After interviewing HR pros in the US and the UK, I thought it was time to expand the borders a little more so I choose South Africa. I invite you to take a journey with me on this HR to Interview with Tim Barry. Read more
My previous post, Anyone Can Be A Hero, showcased several HR professionals who serve as inspiration to others. My goal was to encourage others to give back…to say thanks. The information that follows is a continuation of my dialog with the awesome Steve Browne. And, in the tradition of comic books old and new, it would only be proper to give Mr. Browne his own super hero code name. Therefore, with abundant fanfare, I present Anyone Can Be A Hero: The Fantastic Steve!
It’s happened to us all at some point in our HR careers. We filter through a pile of endless applications until we find the one that we believe might be the next all-star employee. We call the number and the candidate answers with the most polite voice imaginable. We schedule the interview and then it happens. What happens, you ask? IT happens. Trust me, you will know when good interviews go bad.
When Good Interviews Go Bad
No one in HR goes into an interview hoping the candidate will not be an ideal fit. Think about it for a moment. Wouldn’t it be much easier if the candidates were all perfect fits for the position? Wouldn’t it change the overall dynamic of the term “job search”? I think so.
But this isn’t reality. Reality is when a person who is not a good fit applies and is interviewed. Reality is when an application for employment seems like a work of fiction after the “author” is interviewed. We go in expecting good interviews – not bad ones.
Elements of a Job Interview
Let’s take a moment to list a few required elements of a job interview:
the job description
What is the purpose of a job interview? According to Wikipedia, A job interview is a process in which a potential employee is evaluated by an employer for prospective employment in their company, organization, or firm. During this process, the employer hopes to determine whether or not the applicant is suitable for the role.
The Anti-IT Moment
How do you know when an interview has taken a turn for the worse? Imagine for a moment the perfect candidate on paper. The person is interviewed and doesn’t just live up to expectations – those expectations are exceeded.
Have a good picture in your mind of the above? If you said yes, reverse the scenario. Make it bad. That is an Anti-IT Moment.
The Anti-IT Moment isn’t uncommon. Trust me, it’s happened to us all. It may be an off-the-wall answer. It may be discovering a lie on the resume.
Did they just say that?
Did they admit to stealing from their former employer?
Did they just say they had three DUIs and are applying for a job requiring driving?
The types of IT moments are many.
What type of IT moments have you encountered? Were the good? Where they bad? Were they both? In the examples above, we find out what happens when good interviews go bad. Now, I’d like to hear from you.
About the Author
I am a fan of comic books, science fiction, gadgets and a devoted fan of Doctor Who. Professionally, I am the Human Resources Manager at Megagate Broadband, Inc. and serve the HR profession with both South Mississippi SHRM and Mississippi SHRM. This blog is my creative outlet and doorway to the world of Doctor Who and HR blogging. For more information, visit one of the following social networks/sites:
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