May 5; I wanted to do it yesterday; I want to do it today; I have always wanted to do it;
MANAGEMENT BY THE BOOK:
365 Daily Bible Verse &
One-Minute Management Lessons For The Busy Faithful

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Chapter Five: Hiring; 5 May

Know also that wisdom is like honey for you:

If you find it, there is a future hope for you,

and your hope will not be cut off.

Proverbs 24:14

I wanted to do it yesterday; I want to do it today; I have always wanted to do it

Dream Job

My favorite interview question is to ask candidates, “What was your high school dream?”

What did they want to do? What did they want to be? The best candidates — by that I mean the most contented candidates, have a thread in their lives of what they wanted to do back in the teenaged happy days of high school. I compare dreams then to reality now. What is the job seeker doing today?

An expert interviewer, like Your (humble) Business Professor, can discern the contentment and the fire in the belly of the job candidate, by analyzing any gap between high school plans and the current stage in life — I find that the larger this gap, the more unhappy the candidate.

Unhappy candidates make for unhappy employees.

Critics of this crazy question accurately say that technology, markets and the world’s changed since we were in high school, back in the day.

And they are right: the material world changes. Less so people. And what people love to do, and how each individual candidate would like to make a difference — remains constant thruthrough life.

“An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest,” said Ben Franklin. And sometimes learning a desired skill will pay off in ways unintended and unanticipated.

Here is my favorite example.

She was a competitive swimmer in her youth. And wanted to be a Life Guard. It was her dream job that would make a difference. She trained, studied and was certified.

She found her calling; her vocation, but she never found that job.

A disappointed teenager, she took a position as an Assistant Cashier in the athletic center at Camp of the Woods in Adirondack Park of upstate New York in June of 1982. She didn’t get what she wanted, but at least she was near the water. One afternoon while ringing up a sale, the young girl heard a commotion from the pool behind her across the hall.

A woman was just pulled from the pool. Limp, on her back turning blue. Not breathing.

Stunned on-looking bystanders frozen. Inaction.

The teenage girl ran to the woman. Started mouth-to-mouth. The woman moved, struggled, gagged, puked and breathed.

And lived.

Our teenager never got exactly the job she wanted; that job she trained for. But her education, her training, her dream did pay off. Especially for one swimmer visiting Adirondack Park.

Know also that wisdom is like honey for you: If you find it, there is a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off. Proverbs 24:14.

Training and knowledge is never wasted. Today that teenage girl, now a mature woman, lives out her high school dream making a difference in her dream vocation. She wanted to make a difference in a unique way.

For Life.

And does so today.

The management at the resort was concerned that the near death by drowning would cause adverse publicity, I suppose. The life-saving event was never reported. Bad for business, you see. Our young heroine was never thanked.

And she doesn’t want to be thanked now. And really doesn’t want this noted.

(But that’s what husbands do.)

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