Recently, I was at a job that needed a position filled. The position was pretty important and my supervisor did not want just anyone get it. She wanted to find a highly qualified individual who could handle it with ease.
An applicant walked in with the right resume and handled the initial interview very well, but my supervisor was still a little hesitant. The executives wanted to be in on the second interview to get a gauge for the applicant as well.
The way my supervisor tells it, it went horrible for the first fifteen minutes. This seemingly intelligent person all of the sudden collapsed under the pressure of being interviewed by the company’s executives and was saying everything to guarantee you not to get the job.
My supervisor had to leave for the last half of the interview, but apparently, she returned the next day to discover the applicant had been hired. She told the executives it was a bad idea and what made them decide to give her the job. Apparently, after my supervisor left, the applicant had given the executives a very dishonest “woe-is-me” speech, giving them the full sob story of their life from beginning to end. The executives felt sorry for the applicant, who then received the job.
The applicant in question was rude to other co-workers, never participated in team training, rarely made appearances at staff lunches, and would constantly complain about how the work was too hard. This person lasted about four weeks too long.
When I was at college, one of my professors told us bluntly, “You’re an adult now, no one wants to hire a Sammy Sob Story or a Heidi Hard Luck. Just go in and be professional. That will be the deciding factor of whether you get a job or not.”
Those words impacted me and for every job I went into, I did my best to appear as professional as possible so I present myself as the best person for the job.
A sob story should never be an element in receiving a position. When a person interviews for a job, they should know how to present themselves professionally, even if they do not have a suit and tie.
Being professional means giving the person your best while on the interview and if or when you get the job. Hire a man or woman who gives you their best. If the person is not exactly qualified, but you think it’s worth a chance go for it, but do it because you, as an executive, think it is the right thing. Do not do it because they cried and sobbed in your office for two hours about the tragedies of life.
Instead, look for the person, man or woman, who has the ability to present themselves in an impressive, honest, and professional manner.