February 02, 2010

Truth in Hiring

"The closest a person ever comes to perfection is when he fills out a job application."

Stanley J. Randall

Did you ever see a resume that said anything other than good things about the applicant?

Did you ever tell an applicant anything bad about the company or position for which they were applying?

Have you ever wondered why so many hires turn out bad for the person being hired, the company or both?


  1. This is right on.

    Applicants do everything they can to appear completely qualified, which they are not, while the company does everything it can to appear as though there is no better place to work, which it is not.

  2. I think you're right Pat.

    In the past I've asked applicants I wanted to hire, what it was about them that I would see after hiring them. Things that may not be what I wanted or expected. No deal breakers,just the usual stuff that becomes apparent after they begin.

    Not one came up with anything meaningful ("I think you'll find I sometimes devote myself to my employer, a little too much), but in every case, a few things did become apparent shortly after they started.

    I don't know if they were trying to hide what they felt was the "bad news", or really didn't know themselves all that well.

    And by the way, the reverse is true for companies as well and I did share some of that with a few as well.