It is tempting to treat a job interview like a beauty pageant. According to Inc.com, the two have more in common than you might think. Both involve putting on a fancy outfit, trying to seem at once as interesting and normal as possible, and answering questions on front of an audience. Both are about a very specific kind of performance, about appearing “your best” instead of an accurate portrayal of your authentic self.
Only one is likely to result in a recorder rendition of the M*A*S*H theme song, but otherwise they are pretty interchangeable.
We think it’s time to ditch this model, however. Let’s treat job interviews more like first dates. This not only better reflects the consequences of the hiring process — bringing in someone who will be working towards the same goals that you are, and someone you’ll be spending a ton of time with — but also helps for hiring managers to approach the process a little differently, and more effectively. In particular, thinking of a job interview like a date helps employers focus on the following:
- Looking to the future: rather than considering only what an employee has done in the past, look at the skills and potential that then bring to the future of the company.
- Building relationships: thinking about how an employee will fit in with the rest of the team, and actively helping to integrate them into that culture, is immensely helpful towards building a health office culture.
- Celebrating differences: instead of looking for employees whose skill sets mirror your own, consider those who bring something new and different to the table, complementing what is their rather than simply re-enforcing it.
Doesn’t is seem reasonable to think of hiring an employee as starting a relationship when you consider just how many hours a week you’ll be spending together? Changing your thinking about the hiring process can yield some very different, and positive, results!