A Trick Question … in a Job description??

Interviewing SkillsIn the interviewing course produced by Management Development Specialists, LLC, we cover Interviewing skills and explore the team leader’s responsibilities in the hiring process for their organizations. We insist on clarity. Brian Tracy’s Law of Clarity states that, “The clearer you are about your goals and objectives, the more efficient and effective you will be in achieving them.”

I had been chatting with a colleague about some local hiring issues and he said that he was adding a new member to his team. So I asked if there any new issues that needed to be addressed. He said that he wanted to make the process easier, so he was really going to focus on the job descriptions.

It’s not that he hated hiring, but really disliked all the time and effort required to get to that point. Since his business required very close attention to detail, he added an extra question to all of the normal information you would expect to find in a legal job description. So, he inserted a trick question.

Toward the end of the job description, they asked applicants to state their favorite airport when they responded. Those who merely skimmed the job posting did not see the question and this became a red flag. My colleague said that more than half of the emails did not include a favorite airport.

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James E. McClain is the author of Successful Career Development: A Game Plan, the book upon which some of our training programs are based. He has over 30 years' experience as a corporate HR executive, small business owner with ongoing experience in career development and as a college instructor. His educational background includes a B.S. and Masters degrees Education and Certification in Financial Planning. Our promise is that "you can pay more for training but you can not buy better training." The mission is to deliver the most effective and cost effective training and development programs.

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