Friday, January 18, 2013

Employers looking for BFFs

Great recent piece in Bloomberg Businessweek on what employers are looking for.  Although spreadsheet skills, a firm handshake, and eye contact are still on the list, more and more are looking for whether you are a good "cultural fit."  First interviews now are likely to contain questions such as "What's your favorite movie? What's your favorite website? What's the last book you read for fun? What makes you uncomfortable?," all of which are in the 50 most common interview questions. 

The article cites a recent study by Kellogg's Lauren Rivera which concludes that employers do not necessarily hire the most skilled candidates. One also must wonder if this interviewing process results in greater conformity and less true diversity. 

By the way, my answers are "The Godfather," Kentucky Sports Radio, Solzhenitsyn's "Cancer Ward," and blood.  Think I could get hired anywhere?

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