I’ve introduced the topic of choosing a quality ministry staff team, I’ve covered Hiring Quality #1 “Love Your Spouse” and I’ve wrote about Hiring Quality #2 “Love the Church” and I’ve tackled the most important Hiring Quality, #3 “Love the Lord.” Interviewing, reading resumes, checking references, and discussing a candidates strengths and weaknesses are all a part of the process, but this week I covered the three most important hiring qualities that I’m seeking. It should go without saying, that I also want qualified indiviudals with a high capacity to lead without constant direction from me. If a person isn’t qualified, they won’t get an interview. If that person interviewed isn’t qualified, they won’t get the job. Make sense?
Here are some other interview tips from my years of seeking those qualified individuals:
- Don’t cry. Crying in an interview is rarely ever appropriate. You ask, “Who would cry in an interview?” Well, you’d be surprised how often it happens.
- If you can’t say something nice about a past employer, then don’t say anything at all. One could also try and find the good that came about through a what may have been a bad situation. My experience tells me that bitterness, frustration, and problems from a previous job will often find themselves present in a new job. Just sayin’…
- For God’s sake, dress appropriately. If it’s a business environment please dress business casual. I’d also like to say a little something special to the women…That thing you wear that makes men stare…leave it at home. That is all. Thank You. This is not about me stumbling, this is about your maturity level and respect for those around you.
- Be on time. Not 30 minutes early, and not 1 minute late!
- Bring a copy of any updates to the resume I have on file.
- Take notes of things that will pertain to you working for me and be sure that you end every interview by asking tons of questions about the position. I’m constantly shocked about how many people will have no questions for me about the job they hope to get. That’s a big sign of laziness to me as the boss.
- Don’t ever, under any circumstances tell me that God told you that He was going to give you this job. Seriously, keep it to yourself…
- If you have an email address that begins with ‘fuzzycherrybomb392805’ then change it please. That also goes for the 50 Cent-themed voicemail greeting that you have on your phone. Grow up please.
- Take time to think through your answers to my questions. There is no hurry.
- Please answer my questions. Do not deflect, and never leave a question unanswered.
- Spit out your gum.
- Tell me your faults. What are you learning to be better at? Humility is important to every employer and REALLY important to me.
- When interviewing at a church, always demonstrate an ability to be flexible and open to change.
- Feel free to compliment me on how good looking my family is. Their pictures are everywhere, it’s natural. Go ahead and just admit that you think we are all adorable. Seriously, I love a little small talk. Don’t be afraid to just act friendly.