Interviewing people for a job is a risky, necessary evil. They say fire quickly, but hire slowly. You need to take your time when bringing someone into an organization. There needs to be a right fit. And, when things aren’t working out, move the person on quickly. These are things to consider in the human resources component of work. The same could and probably should be apllied to certain personal relationships as well. However, I won’t wade into that particular bit here.
In order to change things up, I often end an interview by asking the applicant what’s their favorite television show. And, at times, such a question yields a goldmine of insightful information. Namely, that of whether there will be a sense of team cohesion. Not, however, because of similar television show affinity. However, the insights often come from how the show is described.
In the world outside the workplace, I now have started asking friends, acquaintances alike a similar yet slightly different question. I instead ask, what television show would they recommend for me. By doing this I get a glimpse into what they believe I will like. I also get to see whether they recommend a show because they really like it themselves and/or whether they think it is something I would like. Nuance. I’m talking about nuance here.
Recently, I asked three very different people for a show recommendation. I received extremely different suggestions and the rationale behind them all ranged widely. I enjoyed two of the three recommendations. One was seriously right on point although something I wouldn’t have gravitated towards on my own. The other was quirky, fun, and gave me much to talk about. The last was completely off and uninteresting on a whole other level. I couldn’t fathom why they would even want to watch that show themselves. Then I realized the selection was a way to share a part of themselves. A way to “educate” me on their being. And, in no way about what I might find interesting. I’ll leave it at that.
As we get through these rough times, I’m enjoying mh newfound question of interest. I sometimes get a great, enjoyable recommendation. I also gain great insight into both the person and myself. All in good fun.