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    The Interview “Looks like a nice person, has a Twitter page”

    The Interview “Looks like a nice person, has a Twitter page”

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    The Interview “Looks like a nice person, has a Twitter page”

    For many who have been working professionals for most of their lives, it is often anticipated with some anxiety that those interviewing them ‘may not know how to interview them’. When you go into an interview and in two quick responses you have pretty much summed up the entire list of questions the interviewer had prepared, you quickly are able to gauge the aptitude of that business or organization. While those giving the interview have thought well and hard on their lists – you still manage to blow that list out of the water. What’s left for the interviewer? They can continue to read from their list, and unfortunately a lot do; because they really do not know anything about interviewing or better yet, the art of communication.

    Interviewing from a list can be caustic. Asking someone what their strengths and weaknesses are isn’t as important as sitting down face-to-face with them at a restaurant and getting to know how they interact with you and others. Sure you need to ask basic questions, but you want to engage your potential candidate to communicate a larger picture of who and what they are. Then you will be able to estimate how they might potentially fit into your organizational culture.

    A good interviewer should understand that a list of questions is only a guide. It’s not a good way to engage potential candidates into giving up information about themselves. The younger and more inexperienced the interviewer the more likely they will not have the proper skills needed to ask the right questions at the appropriate time. It’s not that they can’t – they simply do not have those skills developed yet. Not everyone is a good interviewer.

    How many of you like doing interviews?

    So what do you do when the candidate has just blown your list of questions out of the water in just a few short statements? It’s not the candidates fault. They came prepared. The outcome rests solely on your shoulders.

    It’s not the candidates fault. They came prepared

    Some might perceive the experience of a professional interviewer as intimidating, often fearing for their own jobs by thinking “dang this person is good”. So they quickly write off the candidate by sending out a rejection letter that states something like “we found a more highly qualified candidate”, or “we don’t have need for your skills at this time”. Think about that statement “more highly qualified”, or “no need for your skills”. Over-qualified is probably more like it. Nervous interviewers are writing those letters of rejection as they are interviewing you – that is how unsure of themselves they really are.

    Some just want to filter out those individuals who they perceive as flight risks, who will leave the job for a better one after investing  time and energy into training.

    Your trustworthiness as a professional representing your organization has just been deflated when you do things like that. Leave the candidate with their integrity by changing your vocabulary to reflect something more generic and less personally intrusive. Maybe use things like “Unfortunately you weren’t selected at this time but your application will remain on file”. If the candidate then decides to call and ask why they weren’t selected, I suggest you have a higher level explanation.

    Has a Twitter  page, seems like a nice person, that’s probably not a good explanation why they selected another candidate over you. If you are a state jobs agency and a candidate asks for clarification are you going to avoid the question if it comes up? It happens. Don’t let your title get away from you. It might be you who has to go before the interviewing squad next.

    ……Has a Twitter  page seems like a nice person

    Human Resource people hate to hear this, but it’s true – interviewing is all about discrimination. You are judging people and their skill abilities. You are deciding their fate with your influences within your organization. Honestly, you might just like how someone behaves and interacts with you, who cares about skills. It happens every day, people getting hired for the quirkiest reasons.

    • Have your list of questions, but read the persons education and work history too. Adjust your questions accordingly
    • A candidate shouldn’t have to hide the number of years of experience and/or their education from you just so you will feel comfortable.  You should be thankful they want to interview for your company. 
    • Know your own organizational needs, and at least be fair in your assessments
    • Learn how to communicate and bring in new questions when you get a solid candidate in front of you. You really want to impress them. They are the ones who are actually looking you over to see if your organization is as strong as it comes off
    • Are you willing to allow good talent to go work for your competitor?
    • Your title is not as important as the candidate you are interviewing; it’s about theirskills
    • The potential candidate prepared for the interview – did you?
    • Be willing to adjust your sails. All interviews are different. You will interview some people who have years of knowledge ahead of you. But they are there because they want to be. Revel in that! That’s a good thing. You want good people to want to work for you
    • Be honest when making your selection and leave each candidate their integrity
    • Write letters that “do no harm”. Your vocabulary matters
    • A person with a masters degree interviewing for a job that doesn’t need a degree is still a person.

    Three Things that matter: Integrity, integrity, and integrity.

    1. Integrity of the business or organization
    2. Integrity of the interviewer
    3. Integrity of the interviewee

    My favorite interview question is “Do you Skype”?

     

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    Endorsements or Smoke and Mirrors

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    Endorsements or Smoke and Mirrors?

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    Amazon vs. Netflix the Streaming Debate

    Amazon vs Netflix the Streaming Debate

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    Amazon vs Netflix the Streaming Debate

    “Amazon vs. Netflix. Which would you choose for #streaming?”

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    Amazon

    The Big Bang Theory!  Amazon was the place to go to get all the back seasons.   However, not being a  Prime member,  Amazon is starting  to  restrict sales of some items to its members.  Will shows like the Big Bang Theory be one of them?

    Creating another level  within Amazon, will not  increase their sales. The Prime-exclusive membership is just a copy cat of what Netflix has been doing all along.   Except Netflix doesn’t have all the hidden costs.

    The restricting of the non-Amazon produced items is troubling.  Since other online outlets have the non-Amazon items, why would Amazon want to resist them?  It makes me think of the quote “if it isn’t broke – don’t fit it”. 

    Netflix

    Being able to watch as many movies as I want, and the ability to share with up to three people –  Netflix got my attention.  With busy lives, and kids going here and there – it has saved me more than once.  The truth however is, that Netflix doesn’t have the latest and greatest hits rolling out as fast as some of their competitors  (neither does Amazon), but Netflix is at least consistent, and there are no restrictions.   Netflix still has their DVD options to buy, but it is easier to go to Google Play, or a host of other locations  if you want to augment your viewing on demand preferences.

    Unlimited Data

    As someone who uses their mobile data for everything, streaming is important to me.  It doesn’t matter if it is checking my mail, watching the news, downloading/streaming movies, or making a purchase -I want my online experience to be seamless.  The whole opt in/opt out, or become a member / super-prime-mega-star member  scenario is just bad mojo to me.  I don’t want to deal with a business marketing strategy that is built on a copy cat system made up by your competitor, except yours includes hidden fees you added as some kind of bonus.

    Sign up here NOW for a full year!  Other fees and charges may apply!

    Amazon might be cutting off its own foot despite itself.  Amazon doesn’t  control  non-Amazon products.  That is a serious turnoff to a buyer like myself.  The non-Amazon producers should also consider this when they allow someone to lock-up their product.  Or at least have the good sense to list in a variety of other online locations.

    • The Amazon list of movies isn’t any different than Netflix.  They are basically the same, except for their own in-house developed programming.
    • You have to pay for a full year up front with Amazon.
    • Amazon also makes you pay extra for prime shows.   Why, when you can view them elsewhere without a prime membership?
    • Amazon’s recent and popular TV episodes run you an additional  $1.99 to $2.99 per episode.

    With  the upfront  yearly fee, and the addition prime charges, that doesn’t equate to a bargain Amazon.

    Both services allow for watching as many movies as you want , on any number of devices.  Just about the only good thing about Amazon is you can download a movie for later viewing offline, and you get a two-day free shipping on some items.  Which neither are relevant to me.

    One Stop Shopping

    I like one-stop shopping as well as the next person, but I would say buyer beware if Amazon thinks they can control all the markets by shutting out potential buyers.

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    There are a host of other online streaming services, like Hulu, and iTunes and HBO,  but they all have some quirky setups and costs that haven’t proved to be of much value to me.

    Getting back to Netflix, I do have some issues with their service.  Netflix could use an upgrade to more current movies and shows.  To be honest I’m not much into the shows they have developed on their own.  Same with Amazon, the shows aren’t all that good.

    Netflix probably has my vote as far as streaming entertainment. You can watch as many movies as you like and you can do that on a host of different devices in your home.

    • Netflix’s new releases for TV are a bit outdated (about a year).  But you can view them without having to have a Prime membership.
    • There is no yearly membership.  It’s monthly and you can easily drop or add service as your budget allows.

    I don’t want to pay an upfront yearly fee to join a service like Amazon  (who also has hidden prime costs).  I will continue to utilize Netflix who has the same shows, but allows me to cancel and re-subscribe anytime I like, and has NO hidden prime costs.

    Television – what’s that?

    For those who don’t watch a lot of television, or do not subscribe to a paid television service,   Netflix does a better job of speaking to these online buyers.  More people are going the route of not subscribing to a paid television service – if  for no other reason than to escape the crappy ads.  If people aren’t watching television, they aren’t going to appreciate the hard sales coming from Amazon, Netflix, or anyone else for that matter.

    The turnoff from high pressured sales  and ads are  just too much for this group of viewers.  They don’t get into to politically run media talking point programs, nor the constant deluge of negative ads about the sick and dying.  That is one reason  why many are dropping out of paying for television services – “it is depressing”.

    While my vote does go to Netflix for offering a steady and solid product, nothing will ever replace a night out at the movies.  Yes, it costs more to go out and see a show, and the popcorn isn’t cheap either – but the benefits are a plus.

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    Bureaucracy vs. Free Commerce

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    Bureaucracy vs. Free Commerce

     Migrating from bureaucracy  or meritocracy  to the world of free commerce is a journey of  new learning, and that learning curve is steep. You quickly learn that the blue collar/white collar tags are real.  The way business is handled within both sectors is uniquely different as day and night.

    Within your institutions you have departments and policies and procedures that govern your everyday operations to a fine line. Job subsidies and cushiony benefits hold  many employees in their place.   In the world of free commerce you have a business plan, and expectations in meeting your next payroll.    Your staff is made up of people from various backgrounds; some from corporations and institutions, and the remaining have never seen  a mission statement or walked the halls of education.  Fed up with the bureaucracy many often  are attempting to take their lives back in a meaningful way.  Through exploring new career paths and innovation, Americans want more than to be spoon fed tasks day in and day out.

    Where we as a society decide to take our country is contingent on the free will of the people to keep bureaucracy at bay. While a cushiony office with the many perks may sound like the ideal dream job,  it’s not without its downside.  When overwhelming policies start to absorb the very creativity of your work force, you end up with corporate zombies.  Those same policies and procedures often bastardize individuals against one another, splitting relationships that were once solid into many pieces.  Bureaucracy is a heartless wheel – and many rats turn upon its squeaky wheel.

    Bureaucracy is a heartless wheel 

    There is a lot to be said about the free market and those who work in that arena.  They still provide this country with a fair amount of innovation and “guts”.  The “guts” to get out there and change the structure of the market with   new ideas and concepts.  Bureaucracy on the other hand wants to own all your ideas and hand those ideas out to others who really have made no contribution.  It’s like writing an essay and giving the guy In the next cubical part of the credit.  It doesn’t work.     

    Hard working free Americans – that is what this country is made up of.   Bureaucracy is not necessarily American.  It is socialist in form, and tends to batter the little guy with its strength.  Money can’t fashion the heart muscle, it can only corrupt it.  When bureaucracy becomes too large, it is used as a weapon to hurt others, all in the name of power. 

    Hard working free Americans – that is what this country is made up of.

    Helping small businesses to succeed – that is the real dream . If you want to put your money somewhere – put it into small business.  Bureaucracy is bloated and needs to get its hands out of the working mans (and women’s) pocket.


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    The philosophy and principles of business cannot be fully taught from a lecture podium

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    AAEAAQAAAAAAAAV_AAAAJDY0Y2Y4OGMxLTZiMDAtNDhjNC05YTNlLWY0ZGRiNTg4YWYwOA The philosophy and principles of business cannot be fully taught from a lecture podium

    The philosophy and principles of business cannot be fully taught from a lecture podium

     

    There is a fairly large gap between academia and the business world. What you are taught in college is not necessarily going to equate to real world settings.  Life is not a pre-defined scenario.  Rather, it is more like a jungle of pandemonium; or simply organized chaos.  There are those in academia that tend to struggle with the concepts of business and social welfare when confronted with honest debate about current affairs.   

    An unfortunate turn for students attending college or a university is locking horns with a tenured professor who has not worked in the business or social realm for decades.  Their views often can be harsh and demeaning toward anyone who is not willing to see things the way they do.  Their stances is, " You either see it my way or its the highway". 

    You either see it my way or the highway.

    As harsh as the above statement is, by not following it - it can equate to a student not getting a passing grade or a working recommendation from a department or dean.  The philosophy and principles of business cannot be fully taught from a lecture podium.  You may gain from learning about certain ideologies,  but  unless you have put your practice to the test, an ideology it shall remain.    The business world waits for no one; and is in constant change.

    The business world waits for no one, and is in constant change.

    What I have found from my own experience is that  professors who have held positions in the business economic sector, tend to be better versed in their styling and presentations.  They speak from knowledge they have gained while working in an active business environment.  They also tend to be more conservative in both speech and demeanor, and often have more engaged students.  Their lectures are rich in culture and diversity, and filled with real-world experiences.  

    We all have our past university professors that have either encouraged or inspired us.  I have to acknowledge a few from the Logan and Wasatch Utah areas:  Dr. Scott Allred,  Dr. Dwight  Israelsen, and  Dr. Ronda MenLove.   While there were many others professors in the technological field in which I  was involved, that is another story.   

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    It is hard to find instructors who have a strong background in business, as well as  social, economic or political backgrounds. What we have to fear from academia are those professors whose ideologies  have taken a more progressive stance, and refuse to adhere to common sense rules, and sound foundations.  They often try to put the horse before the cart,  by injecting too much of their own opinions and biases.  Students miss out on valuable learning processes due to these inadequacies.  While change is inevitable, teaching from a podium filled with one’s own personal opinions, while leaving out key concepts,  defeats the purpose of academia.   

    There is a big difference between experience and opinion.  We all have opinions, and we need to form them.  But first we must be taught the smaller concepts so the horse doesn’t run us over right out of the chute.  

    Some things to consider while you are preparing your students to enter the chute of life:

    • Practice discipline in oneself, and think before you say it
    • Practice listening to your students, and not your own thoughts
    • Try not to make up your mind before you have even heard what someone has said
    • Your opinion is just that – an opinion. Until it is proved otherwise adhere to the tried and true
    • Don’t destroy your students careers because you do not have the same viewpoint
    • Don’t be afraid to admit when you are wrong, and you will be wrong
    • A cushiony environment where you control all the elements – doesn’t necessarily equate to a happy environment.  
    • Listen to your staff.  They are in the trenches, they report to you
    • Remember, you are also expendable
    • Respect differences, but don’t draw negative or positive attention to them
    • You are not a student, it’s not your learning experience, it’s theirs. If you learn something in the process, you are probably an excellent instructor. 

    Your students.