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The Lamplighter

Volume 7, Issue 24 June-July, 2015

SILENCE MAY HELP YOU EXPRESS YOURSELF By Jerrold (Jerry) Clifford

People have opinions on almost everything. Often, we like to express those feelings. People seem to get satisfaction out of making their feelings known and they even feel good about themselves and have pride in accomplishment when they feel they have made a strong case for their viewpoint. Like them, however, we don’t always consider that some occasions are better than others for making our personal views known. Job interviews are probably not the best time for espousing personal philosophies. When a company invites a candidate for an interview, chances are they feel the candidate has met a company’s job requirements. Companies use the interview to help decide between multiple qualified people and to see if a candidate is a match to their culture, work ethic, and overall business philosophy. In other words, whether there is a fit. Hiring managers want to know if a candidate can solve a problem or resolve a situation that needs addressing. In most corporations, acquiring a qualified individual can in-

volve a process which first requires gathering approval to hire the individual along with arranging for associated funding. Notifying interested parties (job posting, advertising) and establishing the interview process (and sometimes other tasks) are additional required steps requiring corporate resources and funding. Companies are leery of making hiring mistakes and seek reassurance that they won’t be acquiring someone who is opinionated or will talk about issues that the company is not addressing or are not related to the situation they are trying to address. To support this, HR interviewers will ask questions to filter out people who don’t meet corporate philosophy. Sometimes proficient interviewers will phrase questions to a candidate in such a way as to elicit feelings. They will converse in language designed to get the interviewee to express their philosophy. If an interviewer feels that the prospective employee does not belong in their zone, he/she is not likely to get an offer. Although you have an absolute right to have opinions and in the United States the Constitution guarantees your free speech, the interview is not the time to express your private feelings. Keep in mind, if you determine that the company has opinions that disagree with your viewpoint you may decide that you do not wish to work for them. While being careful not to burn any bridges, turning down a job offer is a strong way to express your philosophy.

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