July 7, 2006
It is Friday once again and time for another anecdote. In case you haven’t noticed, the phone screen is the source for most of these humorous encounters. I was recently conducting a phone screen for a high tech company with a complex sale. I asked the candidate what products and services he had sold and how this experience fit the requirements of the position listed in the ad. He replied with:
That’s easy – my background fits very well. I’ve been a comic for over 10 years, an agent, sold cars at a dealership and car washes to gas stations.
He never tied these experiences nor the skills he gained from them into the requirements of the position. That is understandable since the position involved a solution-based, $500K sale that typically went through a top level executive.
The screen call ended soon after that line.