Working in Human Resources and having a passion for corporate culture means supporting companies doing their due diligence to weed out any bad hires during the hiring process. What lengths would a company go to in order to protect their culture? Recently, a client shared with me a small company’s interview process. Here are the interesting steps this company takes to ensure their new hires are a match made in corporate culture heaven:
- Who let the dogs out? Let’s kick off the interview process by interviewing with the furry, four-legged employees. At this company, if the owner’s dogs don’t like you, you’re in the doghouse. Maybe not, but you are definetly not getting hired.
- We want money, that’s what we want. Or 3 years of W2’s, 2 months of your last pay stubs, and if you filed any 1099’s we would like to see those as well.
- Puff the Magic Dragon lived by the sea. But he isn’t working for me. Why? Because we are putting you through a drug screening test that includes taking hair from the root.
- Conjunction Junction, what’s your function? To hook up people with jobs and make sure they pass our grammar and mathematical tests, even if the position doesn’t include any math.
- Heal the world, make it a better place. For you and for me and we won’t have a case. As in, please sign this mediation document that says you can’t sue us for any reason upon termination.
- It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood. Hope you have been Mr. Rogers nice to your neighbors because our background check includes the names and numbers of your: neighbors, 3 previous bosses, 5 colleagues, any direct report that you oversaw in the past 10 years, any associations or affiliations you have had in the past 5 years, and an investigative consumer report.
- Rate me, rate me again. As part of the interview process, there’s a personal evaluation in which you must rate yourself on a scale of 1-10 in terms of skills like communication, technological, and teamwork.
Some candidates try and some candidates lie, but this company won’t let them play. Because we are living in a corporate cultural world, you have to know your material, girl.
Corporate Culture and the Hiring Process
What crazy tests has a company given you as part of the interview process? Holla!