Good morning San Francisco. Financial trends are going well at least for a few Bay Area titans. Intel and Apple recently posted impressive numbers. Perhaps they will invest some of their good fortune on projects that will stimulate Bay Area hiring. Probably not. Unless, of course, a case is made that such spending serves the broader interests of stockholders, domestic and foreign. However, for job seekers and hiring managers alike, this possibility raises an interesting question.
Have you ever wondered how hiring managers identify the best candidate for the open position? This is an easy one to answer: They rarely do. Who is smart enough to know the best of anything, the best chocolate cake, the best banana split, the best job, or the best person for the job?
Although a number of great companies such as Google or CISCO spend an enormous amount of money on its applicant selection process, objectivity is a myth in most, if not all, hiring decisions. You should understand that personal opinion still rules supreme in the candidate selection process whenever human beings make hiring decisions.
Most of us are just good-enough to get the job done well, and this is saying a lot. True, human beings are intelligent and getting smarter by the day. You will get no argument from me about this. Undoubtedly, we may know a lot of things about a lot of stuff. Nevertheless, we are not smart enough to know the very best of anything, whether it is an employer seeking the best solution or the best solution provider.
Solutions that work are certainly good enough to work. This much is obvious. However, better solutions are probably available. Who really knows? Who really cares? Certainly not the usual hiring manager. Good enough is good enough. Practically speaking, who will live long enough to know the best of anything? No employee out there is probably the best one for the job. Guess, what? It does not really matter.
Today’s suggestion in your career design: Business decisions still rule the day. For many hiring managers, hiring a good-enough person is a fundamental business decision that can positively impact the bottom line. Do not try to make yourself look like the very best person any hiring manager would want. You can never be the best possible applicant for any job, but you only have to convince the hiring manager that you really are good-enough. If you have any questions, please contact me at [email protected]
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Copyright (c) Raymond L. Newkirk, Psy.D., Ph.D., Ph.D., Ph.D. January 19, 2011