The Next Level
- Thursday, April 17, 2008
“Yes, of course.”
“Do you have any openings? I’ve heard that this is the place to work.”
“We always have openings.”
“I’d like to see if I’m a match for any of them.”
“You will be.”
“What do you mean? You don’t know what I do.”
“All our job classifications are always open,” the Director replied.
This had quickly become the strangest interview Logan had ever experienced. Not that his experience was that extensive: a couple of summer jobs in high school, one all four summers of college, and his first post-college position.
“You mean, you are always hiring for all jobs?”
“Universal Systems must be growing by leaps and bounds.”
The second Logan said it, he cringed. That sounded so…juvenile, and it betrayed the fact that he hadn’t bothered to do a lick of research on the company before arriving.
The Director, however, didn’t seem to react adversely. “Yes, we are always growing.” He leaned back slightly in his chair. “So what is it you would like to do, Logan?”
“Well…” Logan couldn’t believe he was being asked such an open-ended question in an interview—assuming this really was a legitimate interview. “My degree is in business management. In my first job out of school, I was a human resources generalist at a chemical plant. But I’d like to work for a company like yours. My father is a senior vice president at Vescon Technologies, so…I figure high-tech is a good direction.”
“Why don’t you go to work there?”
“I just don’t know if that would work out so great, long term.”
“So do you have any HR jobs available?”
“Of course,” the Director replied. “But let me ask you a question. Did you enjoy human resources?”
“Well, I realize my first job was entry level, and I would naturally be advancing into positions that would be more…”
He stopped. It was all BS, he knew. And something about this place and this man told him he could drop the BS. “No, not really.”
“Then there’s no point in having you do that, is there? What do you enjoy doing?”
Most of what he enjoyed doing, Logan figured, would be of little use to a company. But within his field of study, he found one topic especially interesting. “I really like OD—that’s organizational development.” He hesitated. “I suppose you know that. Anyway, I like to examine how a group or an organization works and figure out ways it can work better.”
“Then let’s have you be an organizational analyst. We’ve needed someone to do that kind of assessment here for some time. You sound like just the man.”
“Are you sure? I mean, I don’t have any real background in that. I just liked it best in
“That’s good enough. You’ll learn more on the job.”
“Do you want to see my résumé?”
“No,” the Director replied. “You strike me as a bright, capable young man. I’m sure the quality of your work is fine.”
“Should I bring it for my second interview?”
“There is no second interview. You’re hired.”
“Just like that?”
“Just like that. I always trust my first instinct.”
Logan stared at him, dumbfounded. The Director leaned forward in his chair. “Do you wish
to accept the job or not?”
“Yes. Absolutely. I mean…I just can’t believe…” He shut up while he was ahead.
“So,” the Director continued, “let me further explain your job to you.”
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