Who, Past Or Present, Would You Like To Have Dinner With?

Who, Past Or Present, Would You Like To Have Dinner With?

I have had the pleasure of interviewing hundreds of people for job vacancies over my career. Interviewing is extremely time consuming but it is the most important thing you can do as a people manager. For all the interviews I had my standard behavioural questions on hand with supplementary questions ready to go based on the responses I would get. Behavioural questions are a great tool to understand how people deal with certain situations but they just don’t always get to whom the person really is. I would usually do most of my interviews with the support of a HR partner. It was always nice to have another set of eyes. One HR partner that I interviewed with changed my whole interview process with one question. She had her line of questions, which were similar to mine, except for her final question to the applicants. “If you had a chance to pick anyone, past or present, who would you want to have dinner with?” I found this to be an odd question in an interview. However, it soon became my favourite part of the interview. The responses that you get tell a lot about a person and what they are passionate about or who has made an impression in their lives and why. It is really quite revealing and insightful. It is not one of those questions that you come prepared for. Lots of people really had to think about it and it was really hard not to prompt them but you can’t. It is not a tough question. No math. No extensive research required. It is a question...
Lost and Jobless

Lost and Jobless

I became another statistic over a year ago. I left a company that I had been with for 30 years. Like many others, I got caught up in a down size, right size or what ever you want to call it. Costs needed to be cut and change needed to happen. I had a successful career with the company but they decided it was time to shuffle the deck. I was given an opportunity to stay with the company in a different role but I chose to cut ties and move onto the next chapter of my life. What I didn’t understand was the profound impact that would have on me. Although I had worked for 30 years in the corporate world, I am still relatively young and I still wanted to work. I spent the first 6 months pretending that I deserved the break and did not really look for anything. I set timelines for myself and I was on schedule but the ever present inside voice started to become louder. I was beginning to get a higher sense of urgency. I could feel my stress levels going up. I was self-doubting myself on certain things. I wasn’t sure how my situation was going to impact my relationships. However, I stayed with my original plan and enjoyed life by travelling and spending time with my family. It was great! During this time I realized that I just can’t hit a switch and everything will fall in line. I needed to get more in touch with who I was and what direction I needed to lean towards to meet...