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Values Really are Good Business

September 3, 2011 Leave a comment

Well, boys and girls, I took a brief break from this one sided conversation… to have some fun. Then today I had the opportunity to take my own advice. I went on a job interview. It was ALL about values. And it was a blast.

But don’t take my word for it: this from the Zappos CEO: “Hsieh revealed that the company hires for culture. Applicants go through two interview processes, one for “the normal things,” like skills and abilities and experience, and one for “cultural fit.” If applicants don’t pass the cultural fit interview, they won’t be hired, no matter how good their skills or how great their ability to contribute technically.” HR Daily Advisor, August 31, 2011.

In fact Zappos is so committed to the culture that once the possible hiree has been trained they are offered $3,000 to move on. “Bonus to Quit”

“Once people complete the 4-week training period, they are offered a $3,000 bonus to quit. It’s Zappos’ way of saying we only want people who really want to work here. Two or three percent of trainees take the bonus and leave, Hsieh says. Zappos believes that this is money well-spent as these are people who probably wouldn’t have lasted long anyway.

Hsieh says there’s also a positive effect on the trainees who stay. They’re just that much more committed for having rejected the departure bonus.”

HR Daily Advisor, August 31, 2011.

So I suggest you hang tough even if you are feeling that “I will never find the right job”—I sure had to but… I think I have hit pay dirt. I job I can LOVE and where I can be appreciated. Doing WHAT I DO BEST.


Stay tuned.


Some more Truths about HR… and Corporate America

Seen on the web: “Unfortunately employers don’t put things [they look for]  in the order of importance for you actually doing the job. They put things in order of the easiest way to eliminate candidates so they can weed through the thousands of people applying for the job. I can’t deny in this economy it has to be tough to turn away so many good people because there is a lot of talent out there that is looking for work. If they took the time to actually look at the candidates instead of eliminating them as quickly as possible with a computer system, their job would be daunting. It doesn’t make it right, but I understand why they do things the way they do it. The credit scoring system just shouldn’t be one of those things they crunch through numbers on, given the reputation for inaccurate and unfair information.” LinkedIn commentator

Seen in “HR education”

“Seventy percent of employees say that the worst thing about their jobs is their boss.


Advice: “Find out what’s wrong and fix it, Cortes urges. Identify the prima donnas and micromanaging control freaks, the whiners, complainers, and blamers. Get them basic supervisory training and improve their performance continuously.”

“If you don’t really care about your people, your business is doomed. Caring is the reason why people stay. Get to know your people. Learn what each person likes and enjoys. Listen to them and learn about their interests, families, and hobbies. Protect your people from harm and from others in your organization. People are loyal to those who care about them and care for them.”

This should be common sense-but alas it’s not. I have NEVER had anyone “care about” me at work. In the military a few times, but NEVER in corporate America. Anyone out there have this in their job? Supervisors who CARE?

A Case in Point

Found on line, from a real job opening post: If you are given an offer for this job…“Your current employer will present you with a counter offer that includes a pot of gold and a unicorn if you try to leave them. (Of course, you will not accept this counter-offer because you know NPR is where you should be and the unicorn will understand.):”

This is a job which calls for a real fit—and real courage and real creativity. This is NOT your “typical HR” approach—and they know it. They use humor to illustrate that.

Which brings me to humor. Yes,  you, too,  can use humor in your cover letter—if you do it as well as these guys did.

The post continues: “Okay. It’s decided. You’re convinced that you are just what NPR needs and you want an opportunity to prove it to us. Here’s what you do next:

Craft a cover letter that illustrates the mastery of your craft, what you bring to this role, and the difference you can make. We want to know the following:

If I was the fit—and I’m not although I might have been 20 years ago with a slightly different career path—I would also put humor in my cover letter. I might mention the unicorn, but there are others ways a passionate applicant might show they fit the job and the culture of this company, and bring the combination of skills, abilities, and qualities NPR is looking for. But the main point here is they are looking for someone who is full of passion energy and enthusiasm.  And so was TUI (a school) when I was hired. So…. Bring these along too. But be very clear—there has to be a REAL FIT! You are the really right person for the job.  Fake enthusiam wil get you nowhere. But if it’s the read deal, be brave!  Show up–andgo for it!