This phrase conjures up different thoughts for different people. The person being interviewed thinks about not making any serious gaffes. The person conducting the interview thinks about not making any serious mistakes in the process of interviewing the prospective employee.
The result of these two sets of dynamics can be problematic even though both the interviewer and the interviewee felt they’d been at the top of their game during the interview. The interviewer made sure to avoid causing the interviewee any discomfort during the interview and felt the process had gone well.
The interviewee felt he or she had done an excellent job of not making any serious errors during the interview. True, he or she might’ve played a couple of games during the interview but that wouldn’t matter after he or she had been awarded the new position. A little misdirection here and a bit of a falsehood there weren’t the end of the world, after all.
So, two relatively well-meaning people met and got along just fine. They smiled at one and other, were courteous, received good answers or provided safe answers that seemed to fill the bill. There weren’t a lot of people applying and there was pressure to fill the spot.
So, this interview led to an offer. This led to an acceptance, which led to a termination a couple months later.
The approach used given the tight applicant market had only served to bring the interviewer back to filling that same position. The person, who was released or had resigned, blemished his or her employment record given the short period of time in that job.
Enter WFA Staffing and its professional people people. We interview as a profession, not as an interruption to the day’s usual routine. We are good at what we do because that is what we do. Our interviewing is an integral part of our day, not an interruption to be dealt with as quickly as possible. We are tuned in to the people we work with as well as to the clients for whom we recruit. This is what we do, all day every day of the work week.
You may think us a little strange. Our recruiters like what we do; we think it is a great profession and are happy to do that work. WFA strives to satisfy our client employers as well as being helpful to the people seeking employment. And yes, we have likely heard most all the stories and our antennae are ever alert for the parts of the story that need further verification.
That’s what we do for our clients. And if you’re not yet a WFA Staffing client, that’s what we’d love to do for you and your business.
Fred D’Amato, President