My greatly appreciated comment on ‘Try Before You Buy: Why Smart People & Smart Companies Are Ditching the Interview’ by Hunter Walk on LinkedIn. This comment also helped me win 5 more invites to connect from the readers worldwide who loved it…
Dear Hunter Walk, (I doubt whether this is your real name, if it is, it certainly is doing justice to your point of view and profession, I guess!) its a good discussion you have brought on table, the only thing it would have made more sense on some HR or Consultants Group discussions and you might have got an opportunity to hear from a larger and specific audience. Anyway, that is your absolute privilege I would not dare to encroach. About the topic of discussion, apart from its little agitating title “Try Before You Buy” putting the invaluable human resources in the commodity category, the point what I understood is an arrangement wherein you can test the waters before deciding to dive full length. I have three points to mention in this regard
1.Although this arrangement is already in place for many companies worldwide and should be welcomed by the others who haven’t tried it yet, it cannot and will not replace (‘ditch’ as you call it) the ‘Interview’ process as there is fundamental difference between the objective, patterns, process and outcome of these two. The closest example to illustrate this difference could be ‘courtship’ and ‘getting into relationship’
2.I very strongly recommend and support this arrangement for all my clients and the word I prefer to use for this arrangement is ‘Probation’ – A testing period for both sides. There is a serious misconception that Probation period applies to the employee only. The truth is its a mutual affair and during the probation period employee gets an opportunity to learn more about the work culture and job functions as an insider.
3.Finally, about the pros and cons, for commitment – It is always better to find out the level of commitment in matter of few months than finding it out after years together. For looking for better alternative, again it is always there and in today’s fiercely competing and ruthlessly aggressive customer-drives economies, everybody is looking for optimum returns in minimum time. Instant gratification is the keyword for both sides and either is likely to exit the obligation on the first better opportunity available, let alone the loyalty. And ‘Security’ in general and ‘Job security’ in particular is a luxury nowadays very few can afford. Or if looked at in a different perspective, only dumb or a conservative will seek. If the fish itself is eager to find a bigger net with a bigger bait, why the fisherman will care. Rolling stone ONLY gathers moss is the new career mantra.
To sum up my comment that is posing a threat to stretch longer than the article itself, I will conclude with – no matter what name or terms you apply to it, it is always better to test drive a vehicle before starting the race... that is what the business has turned to lately in more than one manner.
Thanks for stimulating my brain to burn a chunk of grey cells...
The Cat only grinned when it saw Alice. It looked good- natured, she thought: still it had very long claws and a great many teeth, so she felt that it ought to be treated with respect.
`Cheshire Puss,’ she began, rather timidly, as she did not at all know whether it would like the name, however, it only grinned a little wider. `Come, it’s pleased so far,’ thought Alice, and she went on. `Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?’
`That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,’ said the Cat.
`I don’t much care where...’ said Alice.
`Then it doesn’t matter which way you go...’ said the Cat.
`...so long as I get SOMEWHERE,’ Alice added as an explanation.
`Oh, you’re sure to do that,’ said the Cat, `if you only walk long enough.’
Alice felt that this could not be denied, so she tried another question. `What sort of people live about here?’
`In THAT direction,’ the Cat said, waving its right paw round, `lives a Hatter and in THAT direction,’ waving the other paw, `lives a March Hare. Visit either you like, they’re both mad.’
`But I don’t want to go among mad people,’ Alice remarked.
`Oh, you can’t help that,’ said the Cat `we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.’
`How do you know I’m mad?’ said Alice.
`You must be,’ said the Cat, `or you wouldn’t have come here.’
Alice didn’t think that proved it at all; however, she went on `And how do you know that you’re mad?’
`To begin with,’ said the Cat, `a dog’s not mad. You grant that?’
`I suppose so,’ said Alice.
`Well, then,’ the Cat went on, `you see, a dog growls when it’s angry, and wags its tail when it’s pleased. Now I growl when I’m pleased, and wag my tail when I’m angry. Therefore I’m mad.’
`I call it purring, not growling,’ said Alice.
`Call it what you like,’ said the Cat. `Do you play croquet with the Queen to-day?’
`I should like it very much,’ said Alice, `but I haven’t been invited yet.’
`You’ll see me there,’ said the Cat and vanished.
Alice was not much surprised at this, she was getting so used to queer things happening. While she was looking at the place where it had been, it suddenly appeared again.
`By-the-bye, what became of the baby?’ said the Cat. `I’d nearly forgotten to ask.’
`It turned into a pig,’ Alice quietly said, just as if it had come back in a natural way.
`I thought it would,’ said the Cat, and vanished again.
Alice waited a little, half expecting to see it again, but it did not appear, and after a minute or two she walked on in the direction in which the March Hare was said to live. `I’ve seen hatters before,’ she said to herself; `the March Hare will be much the most interesting, and perhaps as this is May it won’t be raving mad... at least not so mad as it was in March.’ As she said this, she looked up, and there was the Cat again, sitting on a branch of a tree. `Did you say pig, or fig?’ said the Cat.
`I said pig,’ replied Alice; `and I wish you wouldn’t keep appearing and vanishing so suddenly... you make on quite giddy.’
`All right,’ said the Cat and this time it vanished quite slowly, beginning with the end of the tail, and ending with the grin, which remained some time after the rest of it had gone.
`Well! I’ve often seen a cat without a grin,’ thought Alice; `but a grin without a cat! It’s the most curious thing I ever say in my life!’
Today I tried to explore the difference between bein 'Proactive and Reactive' on LinkedIn and was on lookout for a easy yet profound story to elaborate that discussion... well, GOD is great! I got this story in one of my mailboxes just at the right time and most apt. I couldn't find a better example of PROACTIVENESS than what George did...!
George Phillips , an elderly man, from Meridian, Mississippi, was going up to bed, when his wife told him that he'd left the light on in the garden shed, which she could see from the bedroom window. George opened the back door to go turn off the light, but saw that there were people in the shed stealing things.
He phoned the police, who asked "Is someone in your house?"
He said "No, but some people are breaking into my garden shed and stealing from me..."
Then the police dispatcher said "All patrols are busy. You should lock your doors and an officer will be along when one is available."
George said, "Okay."
He hung up the phone and counted to 30. Then he phoned the police again. "Hello, I just called you a few seconds ago because there were people stealing things from my shed. Well, you don't have to worry about them now because I just shot them." and he hung up.
In five minutes, six Police Cars, a SWAT Team, a Police Dog, Fire Truck, a Paramedic reached his residence and caught the burglars red-handed.
One of the Policemen said to George, "I thought you said that you'd shot them!"
George said, "I thought you said there was nobody available...!"
Every time I reach for the newspaper in the morning, I have to put all my brains and minds in finding the news that seems dumped amidst the advertisements, mainly of real estate and automobiles. And once I am there and about to hit the ‘Eureka’ note, I am taken aback by a doubt... is it the real NEWS or someone’s VIEWS...?
It was long time Indian readers swallowed the ‘Paid NEWS’ concept and went even further to mature enough to take ‘A Few Cr. Property Advertise’ promising the-stay-in-heaven as the front-page ‘Made NEWS’ on the reputed and so called whistle-blower, socially aware and fearlessly neutral newspaper. The last hope of common man as ‘the reliable source of information’ is seen adopting a more or less strategy of its younger but more popular sibling – Television – the spoiled rich brat kind of a media that already presumed to lure the celebrities and commercials to focus the TRP and make quick bucks than understand the gravity and say loud ‘...it sucks...’
Why I brought all this today as it is not the first time this has happened, I know, but what agitated me like hell for the last week was NEWS of ‘Gauri Bhosle Missing’. It turned out that the real story was something different and the Media – supposedly responsible and reliable source of information – used this NEWS for marketing and TRP and reaching the peak of being absolutely ignorant and shameless; used a profile picture of a girl from Facebook! You can read the whole story on this link.
This incidence reminded me of a Hollywood movie ‘Mad City’, brilliantly expressed by the over-sensitive Dustin Hoffman and incredible John Travolta, despite of being the most powerful film of 1997, remained most underrated.http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119592/
Finally, all I need is ‘answer’ to a disquieting question, as usual.
What really is MISSING...
1. Reliability of the media...
2. Sense and logic of the viewers...
3. Ethics and values of the sellers...
4. Cognition of the governing bodies... OR
5. Difference between Entertainment and Information OR NEWS and VIEWS...?
If we could shrink the earth's population to a village of precisely 100 people, with all the existing human ratios remaining the same, it would look something like the following:
There would be:
14 from the Western Hemisphere, both north and south
52 would be female
48 would be male
70 would be non-white
30 would be white
70 would be non-Christian
30 would be Christian
89 would be heterosexual
11 would be homosexual
6 people would possess 59% of the entire world's wealth
And all 6 would be from the United States.
80 would live in substandard dwellings
70 would be unable to read.
50 would suffer from malnutrition
1 would be near death; 1 would be near birth
1 (yes, only 1) would have a college education
1 would own a computer.
When one considers our world from such a compressed perspective, the need for acceptance, understanding and education becomes glaringly apparent. The following points are also something else to ponder...
If you woke up this morning with more health than illness...
...you are more blessed than the million who will not survive this week.
If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation...
...you are ahead of 500 million people in the world.
If you can attend religious activities without fear of arrest, torture, or death...
...you are more blessed than three billion people in the world.
If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep...
...you are richer than 75% of this world.
If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish someplace... you are among the top 8% of the world's wealthy.
If your parents are still alive and still married and live with you...
...you are very rare...!
If you can read this you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world that cannot read at all...
Stay tuned and look into the P-E-R-S-P-E-C-T-I-V-E...!