One Unique Job Interview

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 311291

A CEO had a unique style of hiring his top employee.  He would do his final interview at an upscale restaurant. And one, he was very well known. Before the entree, he excused himself to make or take a phone call. When the waiter served drinks, he "accidentally" spills a drink directly on the job applicant.  Oh no, the suit was now wet and stained, and he is reacting to this OOPS. The CEO was watching how they responded to this situation.

Was this person, being interviewed, gracious enough to the server who apologized profusely, offered to pay for cleaning, etc.? 

Or did they lose it and berate the waiter because this was such an important meeting?

 

This reaction played a big part in whether he secured the new position or not. 

Using this technique, the CEO could tell if he wanted this person to represent his company by reacting to this adverse situation. 

 

Are you interviewing, or are you being interviewed? 

Do you know people who would easily pass this unusual interview? Do you know others who would blow it on the spot? 

 

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Comments (16)

Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Margaret- what a smart way to see who you may or may not be hiring, and not just from their words or resume but by their actions. I'd heard a story where a CEO would take a prospective hire to lunch. If they salted their food before even tasting it, he would not hire them. 

Dec 01, 2021 05:50 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
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Kathy Streib

That is one I have not heard.

Dec 01, 2021 07:08 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Margaret - interesting interviewing "technique".  Whenever(and wherever) it may occur, you may be on "stage".  Reading the situation you share, the old "Candid Camera" television show comes to mind.  A lot can be gained at times when spontaneity of a situation "demands" it.  

Dec 02, 2021 04:01 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Margaret. A great technique to see a reaction under pressure. Most would fail. Then again he was only looking for the best. Enjoy your day.

Dec 02, 2021 05:09 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I think that is a great idea, it would be extremely beneficial to see in action how someone handles things when they believe they are not being watched by their boss.

Dec 02, 2021 05:23 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

That is certainly a unique way to interview someone. What Kathy Streib said reminded me of a program I took when working in Corporate America. I was applying for a promotion to management and we had to take a one-week course. Part of the process to determine who had the wherewithall for the job was an "interview" while we ate dinner or lunch, I don't remember which. And if you salted your food without tasting it first, that was indeed one of the criteria used. Very interesting!

Dec 02, 2021 05:31 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
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Michael Jacobs, Yes, this is very much like the old Candid Camera show.

Dec 02, 2021 09:17 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
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Wayne Martin, I do think many would fail but he was only looking for the best!

Dec 02, 2021 09:19 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
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Brian England, I thought this was a clever way for this CEO to find the right person to hire.

Dec 02, 2021 09:20 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
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Kat Palmiotti, So you are the second person to bring up the salting before tasting. I guess they were looking for someone who thought before they acted. Interesting point!

Dec 02, 2021 09:22 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

I am being interviewed as I am interviewing.  

Things happen. Dealing with situations like this with dignity and grace is the best course of action.  While I would not like it, I would not berate the waiter. 

Dec 02, 2021 10:03 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Love the story and I love the technique. Great idea for sure.

Dec 02, 2021 10:27 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist And everyone who knows you would expect that dignity and grace. 

Dec 02, 2021 10:38 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
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Rocky Dickerson, But of course, I knew you would like this technique.  

Dec 02, 2021 10:40 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

That's an interesting technique that CEO deployed, Margaret.  I would have loved being a fly on the wall to listen to the reactions.

Dec 02, 2021 02:53 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
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Myrl Jeffcoat,  Filming would be even better. That would be a great training video for job interviewers.

Dec 02, 2021 06:57 PM