SCRIPT: The Right Candidate [May 28, 2019]

SCRIPT: The Right Candidate [May 28, 2019]

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference

Mr Kong: So, what did you think of the three candidates?  Who should we give the job to?

Ms Lo: I didn’t think anyone stood out.  They were all much of a muchness.

Mr Kong: Marcus Lee is the most qualified in terms of educational experience though. 

Ms Lo: But Emily Gale has the most work experience.  She has been doing a similar job in another company for years.

Mr Kong: And Pari Reddy has brilliant references.

Ms Lo: Yes, she did.  Her previous boss wrote that she is an excellent team player in her recommendation letter.  The references for the other two were a bit wishy-washy.

Mr Kong: Balancing everything out, any one of them could do the job.  None of them really stood out, and we don’t have time to interview a new candidate. We really need to find Jack Wai’s replacement before he leaves at the end of the month.

Ms Lo: You know what? I think we should pick two of them, and  arrange for  a second interview next week.

Mr Kong: That’s a good idea. We could also include a written test to see who is more suitable for this role. I can prepare some questions related to basic accounting and finance. Who should we call back for a second interview?

Ms Lo: I thought Marcus was the weakest candidate.  He was extremely nervous and lacked confidence.

Mr Kong: On the other hand, Emily showed too much confidence, and even came across as being arrogant! I’m not sure if she will bond well with the rest of the team.  Also, even though she has the most work experience among the three, some of her answers were irrelevant.               

Ms Lo: Even though Pari lacks the necessary paper qualifications, I like her attitude and based on the recommendation letter, I guess she should be able to get herself up to speed very quickly.  

Mr Kong: True. As for the second candidate …   

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
SCRIPT: The Right Candidate [May 28, 2019]

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