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Food for Thought

  • 1.  Food for Thought

    Posted Jul 15, 2019 12:29 PM
    Edited by Laura Gibbs Jul 15, 2019 12:29 PM

    Good afternoon everyone!

    This weekend as I was browsing around social media I came across an article I've read several times, and each time I read it I think of how I would react in this given situation. You may be familiar with this article, maybe not, but I encourage you to check it out again or for the first time!

    Charles Schwab CEO reveals how he tests job candidates by taking them to breakfast, having restaurant mess up their order.

    I am curious about your thoughts and takeaways from this article. What would your ideal outcome be if you were this CEO at the breakfast interview? What if you were the interviewee – how would you react? How would you answer the questions "What is your greatest successes/failures in life?" What types of answers would you be looking for as the interviewer – would you have a similar idea as Bettinger?

    I spent more time than I'd like to admit contemplating this article this weekend and I am looking forward to your thoughts too!

    P.S. Don't forget to mark this article as complete in the CUES Learning Portal!

    Laura Gibbs
    Online Community Engagement Administrator

  • 2.  RE: Food for Thought

    Posted Jul 19, 2019 09:20 AM
    This article was actually jaw-dropping yet pulled on the ol' heartstrings a little bit... Not so much about the breakfast (which I think is quite clever), but because of 'Dottie'.  Thank you for sharing.

    Rina Salverson
    Supplier Sales Coordinator
    CUES Staff
    Madison WI

  • 3.  RE: Food for Thought

    Posted Jul 26, 2019 07:05 AM
    I also spent a lot of time contemplating this article last weekend. I think this is a great experiment, because I believe skills are teachable, but basic human decency and empathy not so much. I also believe those skills are more important. I also personally hate the whole current interview question climate. It's confusing and I'm not sure it helps anyone decide if a person is a good fit for a role. Some employers are still very conventional; they want a follow-up call after application submission and consider it showing interest, while others consider the call a nuisance and move the application to the bottom of the pile. Some only ask "standard" interview questions or off the wall character type questions, like if you were an animal what would you be and why. I always question what someone really gets from these types of interviews - especially after seeing and/or working with the people who do get hired.

    As for the question mentioned, I understand wanting to know how applicants see their successes and failures, but I don't believe in an interview setting this gives a very accurate picture of the person. I put more stock into references and reviewing their online conversations and prefer a more industry/role-focused conversation vs Q&A.

    All I really have to say is that I'm glad I don't have to be the one doing these interviews on a regular basis.

    Rebecca Ewer
    Integrated Content Manager
    First Commonwealth FCU
    Lehigh Valley PA