Happy Friday! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Here at Sunny I’m thankful for our new employee who just joined our awesome team. During the selection process I interviewed a number of people who didn’t make the cut. One of them stands out dramatically and reminds me of the Woody Allen quote that 80% of success is:
Of course it also helps to show up early and show up prepared. Unfortunately the other 20% is a minefield of ways to blow up the opportunity gained by showing up.
In this case the candidate showed up, and unbeknownst to them, was high on our list of potential hires. We’d already done some investigating and understood that the candidate had recently become unemployed. I began the interview by asking, “Please walk me through your employment history starting with your most recent position; do you currently still work there?” To my great surprise, the candidate said, “Yes I do.”
Needless to say, honesty is vital to being a Sunny employee. Had this person realized upon showing up, how close they were to getting a job, they might not have felt compelled to lie. On the other hand, I’m glad their character was quickly revealed so I didn’t waste any more time on them. I promptly moved on and we found a talented new employee with an open, honest character.
Showing up is often difficult and sometimes scary, but always worthwhile. Go for it – and have a sunny day!
P.S. Amusingly, the Wall Street Journal published a cartoon on 6/6/13 with this alternative caption: “Actually, I’ve found 90 per cent of success isn’t showing up, it’s shutting up.” There’s undoubtedly merit to this view too!