This would be his second job. He wanted to change his current one after four years of employment. He was sitting on the other side of the table, facing my HR manager and me. I was one of the partners and the general manager of the company. The meeting was one of the steps in the process of our hiring a talent to manage the financial duties for our rapidly growing company.
I asked him the typical question one asks a child, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I thought that it’s never too late to think about what you ultimately want to do.
“I want to be sitting in your chair!” he said.
“Great,” I said. “What will be your strategy to achieve that aim, should we employ you tomorrow morning?” I must confess that I was kind of interested to find out the dangers and challenges the new generation would bring.
His answer, unfortunately, was not as powerful as his wish. He bragged mainly about how good he was.
For those, who are applying for a job in your company, it is OK to give daring answers. But they should make sure that whatever they say involves a benefit also to the company and not only to themselves.
They might indeed believe that they are more competent than you, but disclosing such a belief without a solid reasoning will not get them the job. ☺
Song of the week: Imagine Dragons – On Top of the World (2013)