Authencity in application and job interview: Dare to be imperfect!


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Applicant interviews are now perfectly prepared and planned - guidline, checklists and lots of consulting literature. Dear applicants, Just dare to be imperfect and see what happens!

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Antje Rabenalt Best of HR – Berufebilder.de®Antje Rabenalt is Interim Human Resources Manager.

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Applicants who are too perfect

“With me you will gain a team-oriented, always highly motivated employee”, says the applicant. “I keep a cool head in stressful situations. I was able to acquire extensive knowledge during my studies. "

This has been going on since 15 minutes. No, it is not the first spring sunshine that warm my head that I want to fall asleep comfortably.

I'm in an interview and I'm bored. "That is a very important point that you include in your question." the candidate parries nicely and perfectly again. Too perfect for my taste. Your answers seem trained and memorized. She talks a lot and still says nothing - and that is, unfortunately, not least due to our questions.

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Talks on the same level that bring further

I interrupt “Frau Schneider” and consciously risk breaking it. "What would happen if you took a year off from your current job?"

For the first time she looks at me and has no answer. “Hm” thinks about it. "Um, nothing I think." My colleagues look puzzled but interested. You too were dissatisfied and bored, you will tell me later. Now they nod encouraging me to continue.

"You have described in detail what framework conditions you need in order, as you say, to be able to work professionally." Now she takes a sip from the water glass in front of her. Sensing that something unprepared is coming, she reaches for a pad and pen.

"I am the fairy godmother"

"I am the good fairy." I go on in a friendly, calm and determined manner. I can tell that I now have your full attention. I can literally see the applicant put herself into a work mode. “Imagine you have the job. It is 9.00:XNUMX a.m. on Monday morning. You come to your height-adjustable desk, sit on your ergonomic office chair and your Mac Air is fully installed in front of you. You are now Head of Sales Department. What are you doing?"

It takes a few minutes - but then there's an interesting conversation about sales strategies, the best headsets, and whether SCRUM is a method in sales Team can establish. At the end, the applicant will thank you for the interview. She will find it was "on an equal footing" and realize that the job is not right for her. But she has an acquaintance to whom she will recommend the position.

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What to do with people instead of checking off

All the career guides, guides and HR blogs that suggest that there is something new with articles such as “the 7 most important questions for an interview”. Does that really help us? Sometimes I no longer know whether this is still a conversation or a hearing. Many a candidate seems to have taken the word application training too literally and has probably gone to an application boot camp.

We have checklists, question lists and prepared processes. We have automated, standardized, digitized, documented and optimized. What makes a good HR manager? Didn't I even want to do “what with people”? Now I'm ticking over lists of prepared questions and answers while I'm supposed to be listening. I mean really listen and don't wait until the candidate takes a breath and it's finally time to postpone the next question.

Advice without advice

Exaggerated, completely exaggerated? May be. That same evening I dusted a book and started reading it all over again. “Advice without advice” by Sonja Radatz. A long time ago it had inspired me a lot:

It is worthwhile to stand next to yourself every now and then, pause, reactivate what seems to have been forgotten and break the rut. Circular questions are now back in my repertoire and the fairy question has become my favorite question.

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