Job Interview Steps

Let's discover from Luke 5:1-8 typical job interview steps by looking at the calling of the first disciples.

The Calling of the First Disciples
1One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret,[a]with the people crowding around him and listening to the word of God, 2he saw at the water's edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. 3He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat. 4When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, "Put out into deep water, and let down[b] the nets for a catch."

5Simon answered, "Master, we've worked hard all night and haven't caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets."

6When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. 7So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.

8When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus' knees and said, "Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!" 9For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, 10and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon's partners.

Then Jesus said to Simon, "Don't be afraid; from now on you will catch men." 11So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.

As we can see in the beginning of the verse, Jesus just started his company and was at work, teaching the Word of God. He was certainly led by the Spirit to the lake of Gennesaret. There, he noticed two potential new employees for his startup: Simon and his brother Andrew. He proceeded to interview them, without them even been aware of what was hapenning.

The first step of the interview was to show Simon and Andrew what the company was all about.
Been alone in the boat with Jesus, Simon experienced first hand the product of the company: the Word of God. There are some companies using this job interview technique today. This is common in the sales area for example where the prospective sales representative spends one day or few hours on the road with the hiring manager, watching him selling and dealing with customers and prospects. At the end of this step, the candidate should know enough about the job and the company to determine if he wanted to pursue any further. This first job interview step sets also the stage for the rest of the process and the job interview questions to ask.

In the second job interview step, Jesus tested Simon on the most important skills needed for the job:
- Ability to learn from mistakes
- Willingness to think outside the box and receive new ideas
- Been teachable
- Willingness to follow instructions even when not understood or agreed upon

Simon passed the test sucessfully, even though he did it reluctantly. This phase is one of the key job interview steps. It can be used as job interview screening technique that will determine if you get invited to a second interview or not.
Now begun the third job interview step. Jesus showed Peter the impact of his company and product on its customer's life.

He showed him that "man doesn't live on bread alone but from every word that comes from the mouth of God". In the first phase, Simon learned how Jesus delivered his products and services. He also learned about the features of the product, what the Word of God says.

In this third step however, he learned the impact on individuals. He learned that when you obey the Word of God, when you apply it to your life, things begin to change. The impossible becomes possible. They had tried all night to catch fish without any success. These were trained, professional fishermen. By obeying the Word of God, they got so many fishes that their boat begun to sink.

In this third step, Simon is tested on some additional, more advanced skills:
- How to handle the unexpected (he didn't expect the boat to be so full, possibly that never happened to him before but he quickly found a creative solution).
- Team work and cooperation skills (Simon realized he could not do it alone and sought help from the team).
- Humility on the job & good knowledge of his weaknesses ("go away from me, Lord, I am a sinful man"). He passed this final test successfully and got hired for the position "fisherman of men".

what an amazing job interview. It has a lot of teaching on job interview techniques for both candidates and interviewers.

We can also distinguish different job interview steps:
- Learn about the job, the products and services
- Test and/or questions to show first level skills
- More in-depth information on the job and the company (learn about the impact of the company's products and services)
- Test and/or questions on more advanced skills

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