Ten Executives Discuss What They're Looking for When They Interview Candidates
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I found this to be an interesting article, giving some insights into the inner workings of execs as they interview candidates. However, I found one of the responses disturbing.
John Helding, lecturer, Stanford Business School, and former senior director of Worldwide Recruitment for Booz Allen Hamilton said, "My favorite and most frequently asked question of MBAs is, 'What's the best practical joke you've pulled off, and why?' In that question I am looking a sense of creativity, a willingness to have fun, and at a deeper level an ease with others that's made evident by a willingness to joke around and take some risks. Moreover, the question breaks down some of the seriousness and tension in the interviewing room. And as a bonus, I've gotten a more than a few good ideas for my own practical joke endeavors!"
Ugh. That totally turned me off - why would anyone want to work in a place where practical jokes were so considered the norm that the okay for them came from that far up the managerial chain? And, not to put too fine a point on it, in my years as an attorney and in Law School, I read a number of Workers' Compensation claims wherein persons were injured while on the job, due to horseplay. This didn't just happen in factories and at auto mechanics', it also happened at white-collar jobs - I'm talking about bones being broken when chairs were yanked out, etc. I'm sorry if I look like I don't have a "willingness to have fun" or "take some risks", but I'm not pleased when people can be really hurt. I'm funny that way. Also, there's a difference, IMHO, between risks that are meaningful and will potentially lead to a positive outcome, and risks that are meaningless and are taken simply for the sake of shaking things up and have a low chance of any sort of positive benefit. Isn't the ability to perform a risk-benefit analysis a good trait for an employee to have?
I must be missing something here. I guess work is a playground to this guy. That's nice. Count me out.
What do you think?