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March 01, 2005

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BRAVO! I have often wondered why people looking for a job allow this to happen. Where I work we interview people about 6 or 7 times before they get an offer and here is why. #1 we wantt o see them in all sorts of situations, early morning interviews, late in the day interiews, 2 on 1 interviews and so on. But, we also want them to see us. I tell them that it is important that they realize what they are getting themselves into, I want them to see us when we are busy, slow, excited, let down etc... When someone chooses to come work for us they are making a big committment, why would you ever make a big committment with out asking a ton of questions and learning as much as you could. Great post Lisa!!!!

5. See if the hiring person can use the "its" properly in a sentence, using an apostrophe as necessary:

"Describe how the company is doing relative to it’s goals"

Oops... failed!

Matt - great points, totally agree!

Chris - thanks for catching my typo :-)

Lisa - thanks for taking my jab in stride. Most people react with hostility to that. If not, they'd at least point out that I forgot the word "word" in my post! Oops! :D

Aloha Lisa, love this! What an exceptional post.

Over the years, there have been soooooooo many times I've stopped an interview midway through, and as kindly but honestly as possible, told the candidate they weren't going to get the job and why, and then switched to a coaching role, offering them another half hour or so with me for some tips on how to ace the next interview and make a better impression - but also gain something out of it for themselves too.

Here's another interesting thing: most took me up on the coaching offer, but only one called me back after he'd gotten home to think about it, asking me for a second try. I ended up hiring him after that second interview because I was so impressed with his willingness to change his own behavior and improve - he became a star in our company.

Again, great post and good advice.
Rosa

Howdy Lisa. Timely post. I have an interview in a couple of hours and I added some of your questions to those I already compiled. Thanks for the extra insight.

I've always advocated that the interview be as much of a conversation as possible - both for the interviewer and interviewee. And Matt's comments are right on. Taking on a new job is a commitment - I've gotten into a couple of bad situations simply because I never asked the right questions up front.

Thanks again.

Rosa - I think being really open with candidates and turning it into a coaching moment is a great gift.

Christopher - I hope the interview goes well!

actually Lisa, your typo correction was a typo! You were using a possesive plural noun. Possessive plural forms of a noun signifies that the noun owns something, because the company has more than one goal: "describe how the company is doing relative to its' goals"
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What a fabulously helpful post! I have bookmarked this for my final interviews next week. Thank you!

What a GREAT article! I am going to link to it from my blog - Jobseeker's Revenge!

Susan - thanks, wow, I am always impressed by folks who have a command of the ins and outs of writing grammar. I must admit, this is not a strength of mine. Good luck on your final interviews!

I can't believe I'm trolling on such a minor point, but you *never* use an apostrophe with its unless you're using it as a contraction.

http://www.wsu.edu/~brians/errors/its.html

Chris, your correction is incorrect. The word "it's" is a contraction of "it is". The word "its" is the possessive of the neuter singular pronoun "it". Lisa, you were correct initially.

That's what I love about blogs, you can get conversations going, and conversations within conversations. I'll let you grammarians duke it out over "its/it's", but it has been interesting reading your comments!

And Susan:

The "its" in that sentence refers to the company, which is singular. It does not refer to the company's goals.

"Its" is the possessive form of the third person singular pronoun "it," which is, of course, singular: Always. Nothing plural about it.

The company met its goals.

The companies met their goals.

Travis, thanks for weighing in! You're right, it is something we should all know. Sorry I cut off the first part of your comment, I thought it was a duplicate!

(Dear readers, the first part of Travis' comment shared his opinion that knowing how to use its properly is something any good communicator should know and he said that is if he received a resume with the word used improperly, he would toss it.)

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