I am interviewing again.
The last time I had an open position, I researched the latest advice on evaluating candidates. Recent studies demonstrated that a person’s smell was just as good an indicator of character as a personality test (Snow White and the Smelly Dwarfs). That took the selection process to a whole new level.
So now that I have another position to fill, I am doing my homework again. I’ve learned that typically, people tend to hire someone exactly like them. But experts advise that for an effective, efficient and creative work environment, you are better off hiring someone different from you.
I have to think about what kind of person I am, and then look for just the opposite.
Who am I?
Looking at myself totally objectively (yeah, right) I am:
– and, of course –
I need a stupid, serious, conservative, frumpy person.
Now obviously, I can’t hire someone stupid. For one thing, I skipped one attribute of mine – Lazy. I am much too lazy to cover for a stupid employee. So instead of lazy, I’ll look for someone industrious.
And organized. I’m pretty disorganized, so someone who can find shit that I have misplaced would be a big help.
And I guess serious is okay. In Accounting, it’s a good thing to want stuff to balance. “Close Enough” is not always the right attitude.
Conservative is tough for me. I am an old Woodstock hippie. But since almost no one else is, I have learned to keep my opinions to myself anyway. (Well, I sort of try.)
Frumpy is easy in Connecticut (Oh my, did I include Snarky in my list of attributes? Feel free to add it in.) The easiest way to find my opposite here is to just hire a man.
There it is. Where can I find a diligent, organized, serious, conservative man?
I got it.
Pope Benedict is looking for work.
He’s so stylish.