7/15/2012

Hiring Process is Outdated

Changing jobs is definitely a life changer.

Luckily I found a job I like.

Challenging, nice people, good technology, good pay.

I'm not sure how other people change jobs.

Do they methodically plan out their approach?

Decided to change jobs.

Research what company's exist in the desired market.

Send  resumes, get interviews, receive a bunch of offers.

Then negotiate a signing bonus, extended vacation, company car, etc.

Maybe it was like that 30 years ago.

From my job changing history, I blast my resume to any company that has a position for which I'm qualified.

I get a few interviews and accept one without much information.

Then I get there, and shortly begin to dislike it, and wonder why I accepted such a position.

It seems to me the hiring company's don't reveal enough information during the process.

To me, locally anyway, it's as if the interview process is one way, they are sizing up the applicant and if and only if they decide you are the right candidate, you are given an offer which has almost no wiggle room for modification and then you sign a non compete waiver and go in blindly.

It seems to me that the interviewee should be evaluating the hiring company as much as they are evaluating the applicant.

Let's be honest, if the hiring people don't disclose enough info about the position, culture, etc. the applicant isn't going to stick around and you both just wasted time and effort.

It seems to me the entire hiring process needs to be re-evaluated and modified so it's a win-win for both parties.

The entire model seems outdated and needs an overhaul.

1. Where do you want to be in 5 years?  Hopefully not living on the streets because your company went bankrupt or shipped my job overseas.

2. What's your greatest strength?  I seem to know what questions will be asked on the interview and have the ability to answer them in a sincere believable fashion to get you to like me.

3. Tell me an instance where you didn't get along with someone and how did you handle it?  My previous co-worker would take credit for my work over and over so I would put bugs in his code when he went on vacation so he'd have to answer his cell phone and mess up his vacation.

I mean seriously, most questions are standard and some people can fool anybody and obviously you are not going to respond like mentioned above.

It's just an act on both sides where everyone says the politically correct answer, never revealing any truth.

I would say the biggest factor in our society for job changing is insurance.  Because everyone needs insurance.  And when you switch jobs, you may have a gap in time where you are not insured.  Unless you are a millionaire and can afford the most ridiculousness priced 'Cobra" insurance.

So it seems to me if there was an insurance that you could somehow take with you between jobs, it would sure make job changing easier.

That would be one change anyway.

The other thing would be for the applicant to do research on the perspective employer with LinkedIn and sights like Glassdoor.  If the hiring company is going to do background checks on you, you should also be able to background check them.

Because job changing is a life changer.  And you don't want to jump jobs to get to a new place and hate it. Looks bad on the resume and it's not easy to go to your next interview and explain the short stint.

Have you ever gone to an interview and told them why you left your last job: "I fired my last employer as they did not respond to my recommendations, failed to meet my expectations repeatedly over time and I was forced to let them go, unfortunately."

That will get you a first class ticket out the door on your tuckus.

Why can't we fire our employer?  Because the cards are stacked in the Corporation's favor.  You have the privileged, if you are deemed lucky enough, to have the benefit to serve your time for such gracious host, until they seem fit to get rid of you, but not the other way around.

I'm just throwing ideas out there.  I'm not unhappy at my job.  Just saying there's room for improvement on the entire hiring process as the steps we do today are the same they did 50 years ago more or less.

Time for a change!

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