LEVERAGING TODAY’S TOOLS
FOR THE COMING TALENT WARS
It’s 11:30am. There was a knock. Sandy gulped down her third cup of coffee, organized the stacks of
resumes on her table, and headed for the door.
“Good morning, Joseph!”
“Hi Sandy. Thank you for taking the time for an interview.”
“No problem. Please come in and have a seat.”
As Joseph walked to the office chair behind the hotel room desk, Sandy did a quick scan of the room to
make sure all personal items had been put away or neatly organized. She also quickly scanned her fifth
candidate for a HS English teacher vacancy. She thought to herself: “Dark jeans, untucked, satin shirt
and backpack with a torn strap. I should have penciled in a break. Maybe it’s not too late to tell Joseph
that the position has been filled.”
Sitting down at the edge of the hotel room bed, she quieted these superficial assessments of Joseph,
and began the interview. After about 20 minutes, Joseph, now perspiring and slightly flush, stops the
conversation in the middle of a question.
“Excuse me Sandy, my stomach has been off since eating some of the delicious local street food last
night.” Joseph then proceeds to take a bottle of Mylanta, that intestinal calming elixir, out of his bag and
take a swig from the well-branded baby-blue bottle.
“Not a problem,” Sandy said, “Take all the time you need.”
After a second Mylanta swig, the interview ends with faux smiles and a gentle handshake.
Postscript: After three reference phone calls and a chat with two colleagues attending the recruitment
fair, Sandy offered Joseph (and he accepted) the job.