Daily Quote and Reflection–Framework for Successful Job Interviewing

Quote: ” Before you even think about assessing people for a job, they have to pass through three screens. The first test is for integrity. People with integrity tell the truth, and they keep their word. The second test is for intelligence. The candidate has a strong dose of intellectual curiosity, with a breadth of knowledge to work with or lead other smart people in today’s complex world. The third ticket to the game is maturity—the ability to handle stress and setbacks, and enjoy success with equal parts of joy and humility. I then apply the “4-E (And 1-P) Framework” for hiring that I’ve found consistently effective, year after year, across businesses and borders. The first E is positive energy. It means the ability to go go go—to thrive on action and relish change. The second E is the ability to energize others, and inspire them to take on the impossible. The third is edge, the courage to make tough yes-or-no decisions. The fourth E is execute—the ability to get the job done. Then I look for that final P, passion—a heartfelt, deep and authentic excitement about work”. Jacek Welch, Former CEO of General Electric

Reflection: I think Jack had a unique framework for finding talent or A players as he called them. The only dimension missing in his first three screens was to measure for Emotional Intelligence (EQ). Emotional Intelligence, is defined as, “the subset of social intelligence that involves the ability to monitor one’s own and others’ feelings and emotions, to discriminate among them and to use this information to guide one’s thinking and actions”. Recent studies on leadership and recruiting talent see EI as critical for predicting job success. Freedman et al.: “Emotional Intelligence is a way of recognizing, understanding, and choosing how we think, feel, and act. It shapes our interactions with others and our understanding of ourselves. It defines how and what we learn; it allows us to set priorities; it determines the majority of our daily actions. Research suggests it is responsible for as much as 80% of the “success” in our lives.” 
–From Handle With Care: Emotional Intelligence Activity Book  

Welch’s 4 E’s + P are more specific and powerful because they hone-in on key behaviors that company HR people ar looking for. His 4E’s are helpful for people interviewing when you combine them with my PAR concept for preparing for a job interview.  

Action Activity: I f you are preparing for a job interview develop some examples that would help you answer Welch’s criteria and create real world answers for the PAR questions. If you do this preparation you fwwl more confident in the interview and impress the interviwer with your EQ and Communication skills. Good Luck   


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