What would you do if you happened to get sick while taking an exercise class at a gym? Not fun, right?
What if someone who just so happened to be interviewing you for a job later that day was also in that exercise class? Beyond embarrassing.
No this isn’t a Seinfeld episode. In fact, a friend of mine texted me the other day to tell me that this happened at her gym.
Clearly, the individual, who didn’t know their exercise limits, was trying to make a good impression on his/her potential future manager. Oops.
One of my favorite questions to ask a candidate in an interview is: “What is the biggest professional mistake you have made and what have you learned from it?” Who are we kidding? We all make mistakes, but it takes a truly great potential employee to recognize those mistakes, learn and then move on.
Was the person hired? Well, my friend followed up and found out that he/she pulled
themselves out of contention that day. Which is a shame but it does happen.
As always, The HR Team is here to help you with the myriad of people issues that occur in the workplace (and beyond). So feel free to contact us to discuss.
Until next month!