First, let’s examine the purpose of job interviews anyway. The main purpose is to validate a perfect fit between a candidate and a prospective employer. It is also a way for each of the two parties involved to get to know each other better. With that in mind, how would you describe the ideal job interview for you? Let’s go back in history, to examine the first that ever happened in human history.
Genesis 1:28 God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground."
Would you say that Adam had a perfect job interview? He was never asked about his qualifications and past experiences. Luckily enough because he did not have any past experiences. The CEO of the universe just handed over to him the job description (Genesis 1:28), the compensation and benefits package and offered him the job. The CEO of the universe declared him capable to perform well on the job; Adam was the right man, no doubt about it.
What made the difference? How it that Adam was never is questioned about his qualifications and past experiences related to the job? Simply because the CEO knew him well enough to declare him fit for the position.
Wouldn’t it be nice to walk in the job interview knowing you were fit for the position and even more importantly, knowing your interviewer was also aware of this fact?
But usually, it doesn’t happen this way. We need to get to know the interviewer and the company better and vice versa. The perfect job interview for me is the one which serves this main purpose. It may not always turn out like it did with Adam. You may realize you did not want to work for this employer. It is best to find this out sooner than later. It is best to find it out during the interview rather that after you have taken the position.
After all, you need also to know the company’s perspective for the future. If there is a high turnover for the position you are applying for, there may be an issue, either with the management or the responsibilities assigned for the position itself. Adam did not have this issue. He was offered a brand new position that has just been created by the CEO. This position was made necessary by the expansion the company was going through. So, the perspectives for the future of the employer were great.
You also need to find out the potential for growth and personal development. What about an exponential potential of growth (multiplication) like the CEO described to Adam? Yes, I know it doesn’t happen often. You might still be satisfied with incremental growth (addition).
Finally, you need to know to whom you will be reporting to, and also how much responsibility you will have (how many people will be reporting to you). Adam had all this information during his interview. He knew he was to rule a huge division of the company. Wow! Talk about a perfect job interview! He got to see his future offices (the Garden of Eden) and all the multiple streams of income flowing to it (the 4 rivers described in Genesis 2:10-14).
He got immediate hands-on training on how to rule the division when the CEO brought him all the products offerings and ask him to label them and give them a name (Genesis 2:19-20). He was to keep all the profits from the division expect a small percentage. Wow! Talk about huge stock options. Adam was proposed an offer he couldn’t refuse!!!
What are the key lessons to learn from the first job interview that ever happened?
• There is still hope for you if you don’t have any past experiences
• You can get a job offer you can’t refuse
• You can get hands-on training right from the beginning
• You can get to work for the perfect employer
But you still need to get prepared for the worst:
• Think about any good questions to ask to know if there is a good fit with the company, if you would like and flourish on the job, if the company would last for long
• And, be prepared to demonstrate why you are the best candidate for the position, explain your past experiences in details and how they are relevant.
In the next pages, using the book of books, i.e. the Bible, we will get into deep details about all the different aspects of the job interview and how to be successful in it, knowing when to speak and when to listen, when to answer unasked questions and when not to provoke loads of questions you can’t answer (our friend Job from the book of Job will help us on that one:-:-)), how to detect positive or negative signals, how to use your body language to your best advantage, how to give a positive first impression, how to succeed in the tests you may have to go through during the job interview.
In a nutshell, I will lead you through a fascinating journey of discovery on how the Bible is the best resource for successful job interview and what we can learn from the great characters that are portrayed in it. You will also come to realize that all employers in the Bible don’t measure up to the CEO of the universe; you will meet the good, the bad and the ugly with always a practical learning as a takeaway. Let’s start this fascinating journey together, on the way to the perfect job interview!