We should be interviewing companies as the interview us

We are about to hit the beginning of the work week. The unemployment rate is below 4%. There are a lot of job openings at different levels in different sectors. Organizations are looking to hire. However, we all went through a pandemic where we were forced, in some ways, into reflection. Companies love to ask where do you see yourself in five years. Just as a side note, I no longer ask that. I see no point in asking that. I may be a hit jaded. However, with everything that has happened the last three years in general to everyone and in particular to me the last two months, five years is way too unpredictable.

What I have come away with the last few years in terms of a job vantage point is that we should be interviewing the companies as they interview us. This is true for all levels of employment.

Let me explain.

As a CEO for various organizations, my past application processes for both hired and non-hired positions,  I’ve undergone a battery of tests. For example, I’ve undergone 4-hour long aptitude and personality tests, a psychologist interview/assessment, and a minimum of four rounds of interviews, as well as two-day interviews. The few questions we are encouraged to ask after five hours of being questioned doesn’t cut it anymore. A right fit has to be true all around. It should be a two-way street. 

We should be able to do reference checks on the organization. I’d like to administer my own aptitude and empathy tests to the managers and board members alike. Even when you are brought in to change a culture, it also inevitably ends up changing you as well. It’s best, you get as true a picture as possible before you subject yourself to life-altering changes.

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  1. Honestly It’s Welcome To Hear a Rigorous
    Process to Hire Folks For the Health Care
    Industry Yet of Course From The Bottom
    Up As A Consumer
    How Precious
    Competence Is
    iN A World WHere
    Science Shows the
    Average Human Yes Attention
    Span Is That of Less Than A Gold
    Fish Yes Less Than 3 Seconds Not
    Going Down That Shallow Rabbit Hole
    iNDeeD And The Federal Government
    Just Cannot Be Interviewed Outside of
    Regulations At Least With SMiLes Oh Lord
    7.8 Months to Talk Them Even into Doing
    Their Job With my Full Retirement Pay
    Yet It’s True
    By Shallow
    Laws Now That Stick..:)


  2. A very timely post for me. I was offered a job last week, without ever being interviewed by the company. It was disappointing because I didn’t get to ask any questions about the job. I’m going tomorrow to a fingerprinting facility and afterward I’ll have the opportunity to chat with the manager for about 15 to 20 minutes. I think I’ve already decided I won’t take the job, but I at least want to give them the opportunity to convince me.


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