Welcome to the Wakefield Doctrine
Breaks over, people! Lets get back to work!
Here’s the Premise: we are ‘looking over the shoulder’ of the Interviewee that we met in the previous 3 scenaria, as they go into the Interview. There will be three choices of actions for each, hopefully characteristic of the three personality types, pick the one that you think will increase the Interviewee’s chances for success. If you feel there are better, more appropriate-to-personality-type actions, let us know right away and we will alter the Post (you will, of course, need to present sound reasoning to justify the change).
Interview Room A: Framed diplomas on the wall behind the overly ornate wood desk, semi-leather upholstered chair with a high back, photos of family looking adoringly towards the camera and one of those tricky kinetic motion desk toys…and on the wall opposite the desk two Inspirational Posters ( ‘Soar with the Beagles’ and the one of the cat looking in a mirror and seeing a lion). The Office of a roger.
Interview Room B: A poster (in a cheap frame) of Neuschwanstein Castle, a child’s crayon drawing showing the outside of the restaurant and 4 stick figure people hang on the wall behind ‘the desk’, which, in actuality, is a folding banquet table. Covered with papers and a box of fresh aprons, there is among the catalogs and invoices pads a computer, a cordless phone recharger base and one of those stacked ‘In Box/ Out Box’ . The chair behind the desk has duct tape on the back and on the wall opposite the desk, hangs a calendar (from a wholesale food supplier) with big Xs through each day past. The Office of a scott.
Interview Room 2: The wall behind the rectangular conference table is, in fact, a picture window that looks out over the factory floor, specifically the welding section. To the right of the conference table, (which has 2 chairs on one side and one chair opposite), there is a low coffee table with a couch and two chairs. There is nothing on the wall, which is a faded brown panelling that was once meant to look like mahogany, except a framed poster that says “Plant Safety is No Accident” ( it shows 2 cartoon factory workers wearing hardhats and ear protection, but the faces are featureless ovals). The Office of no one, being used by a roger and a clark.
You (a clark) walk into Room A: The Interviewer is already seated behind his desk. You:
- walk to the chair in front of the desk and sit down and only then look at the Interviewer and say, “Hello, glad you could meet with me”
- once through the doorway, but without walking further into the room, you stand and you wait for acknowledgement and an invitation to sit
- walk up to the chair, but do not sit immediately, instead you look around the room in a appraising manner
- stand outside the Office, smiling and making sure that you appear to prefer to wait for the Owner to go into the Office first
- walk into the office and begin to straighten things up, (just a little)…clear off your chair, re-stack a pile of papers that are about to spill on the floor
- walk in, sit down and begin to text your friend (who you promised that you would tell all about the Interview)
You (a scott) walk into Room 2: On one side of the conference table is a man ( who was your boss the last time you worked here) and a young woman, who you don’t know. The man is simply looking at you, the woman is busy with the iPad on the table in front of her and doesn’t even look up. You:
- Walk up to the table and address the young woman, “I worked here a couple of years ago, but I don’t know you! I’m…”
- Walk in and sit down, nod to your former boss and simply wait…
- Walk in sit down and say, “Alright! Lets talk about my job!”
The First Question from the Interviewer in Room A: “So, why do you believe that you will be an asset to our Company?”
- “…I believe that my qualifications speak for speaks for itself, the depth of my education is enhanced by the variety of my previous work experiences.”
- “You tell me. You saw my resume along with the application and you offered me this Interview, from what I’ve seen so far, I’m kinda of asking myself the same question.”
- “Well everything I have seen so far today makes me believe that this is just the kind of company I have been looking for and because of that I will be only an asset to your Team.”
The First Question from the Interviewer in Room B: “So, why the hell do you want to work in a restaurant?”
- (laugh) …”that question is exactly why I would like working here!”
- (frown) …”I am beginning to wonder that myself.”
- (smile) …”is that your only question? Come on, lets get to work, some customers just walked in, it’s getting busy again.”
The First Question from the Interviewer in Room 2: “So, why should we believe that you will not be more trouble than you are worth?”
- “I’ve had time to thank and my ex-girl friend says that I have matured a lot in the last 6 months.”
- “No reason, do I have the job, or what?”
- “It was only since I left here that I have come to realize that this is where I feel most at home, and while I may have made some bad judgements in the past, I promise that I will be the best welder you have ever had.”