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Sales job interview in one minute

My colleagues had a job interview with a potential salesman today. I was not participating although I had some intentions to do that.

I was sitting with another colleague and discussing some daily things when she asked me how it is going with hiring additional sales people. I just replied that things are going well and that another interview is being held at the moment.

Suddenly a funny idea popped into my mind which I spoke out loud:

- I could go there without notice and ask a couple of questions for the guy, like “What’s the meaning of life?” or something like that.

We giggled a little bit but after a couple of minutes the idea was still in my head, still growing and maturing.

So I decided to do that.

I went to the job interview without notice, opened the door of the meeting room, greeted everyone and introduced myself, only the name, to the candidate. He stood up, we shook our hands, he introduced himself and straight away I said:

- Just one question. [Pause] What’s the meaning of life?

And in a blink of an eye he replied:

- Joy.

I showed him thumbs up and went out of the meeting room smiling, in silence.

From that moment I knew that we are going to offer that guy a job.

Lets do a deeper analysis of everything that happened in less than one minute.

A job interview is in most cases a very stressful environment to be in.

Imagine the meeting and someone coming in, it’s already something unexpected.

The guy stands up from his chair – shows respect to whoever I am.

He shakes my hand not too hard, not too soft, just the right thing – adaptive.

He looks straight into my eyes when talking – confidence.

His voice is not trembling – confidence.

He smiles naturally – he’s feeling good even in stressful situations.

He gets the question, which in most cases cannot be answered right away without “umm”s and “eeeehhhh”s unless he already has the answer for it – he questions things on a higher level.

After the meeting (something like 1 hour or so) my colleagues came to me and told me that the candidate looks like a really perspective one but I already knew that.

Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom. — Aristotle

The person who takes a dump on you isn’t always your enemy

A little bird flew very far to a very distant land. When it got there it found it was a cold, freezing land and the bird froze to death.

A cow passed by and took a dump right on top of him. The warm shit that fell on him melted the ice, and he was resurrected.

Alive again, but still buried, he started chirping. A cat passed by and heard his cries, and dug him out of the shit. And then the cat ate the bird.

Moral of the story: The person who takes a dump on you isn’t always your enemy, and the person who takes you out of the shit isn’t always your friend!

Dancing, singing, storytelling and silence

In many shamanic societies, if you came to a shaman or medicine person complaining of being disheartened, dispirited, or depressed, they would ask one of four questions.

When did you stop dancing?

When did you stop singing?

When did you stop being enchanted by stories?

When did you stop finding comfort in the sweet territory of silence?

Where we have stopped dancing, singing, being enchanted by stories, or finding comfort in silence is where we have experienced the loss of soul.

Dancing, singing, storytelling, and silence are the four universal healing salves.

~ The Four-Fold Way: Walking the Paths of the Warrior, Healer, Teacher and Visionary

Not a coincidence

The Mysterious Bridge with the Green Glow Underneath

About coincidences.

One day a sales guy asks me:
- Can you help me with one enigma? It’s associated with my participation in “Encounter” (some orientation game), I try to solve it all day.

A code is written on a paper. It’s numbers and some letters. In 30 seconds I get the idea that it could be hexadecimal code and it should be converted to letters. Another 30 seconds and the enigma is solved. The result provides two coordinates which point to Algeria.

The sales guy:
- Oooookeeeyyyy, that was fast.

Me:
- Apparently it’s not a coincidence that I’m the CEO ;).