A Word Of Sympathy For Business Owners Dealing With Slipshod Assistance, Foolish Inattention, Dowdy Indifference, And Half-Hearted Work.
By Rich Harshaw
Like all business owners, I find it challenging to find employees with the right combination of skillset, attitude, initiative, and passion.
And since Monopolize Your Marketplace is a “virtual company”—meaning we have no physical office and everyone works alone, from home—finding people with real initiative is EXTRA critical.
That’s why I developed a little test several years ago designed to separate the wheat from the chaff, so to speak. I created a little questionnaire that I have people fill out instead of looking at resumes. The questionnaire has twenty questions that ask the kind of stuff you’d expect—tell me about a time you worked well in a deadline situation, what other positions are you considering, how do you feel about working from home—like that.
But question twenty-first question is the real doozy.
It says: Google A Message To Garcia and find the essay by Elbert Hubbard. Read the essay and answer the following three questions:
- What are you overall impressions of the essay?
- Name three times in your life where you’ve performed like Rowan in the essay.
- How do you think this essay might apply to your potential job with us?
And that essay, A Message To Garcia, is what I’d like to talk to you about today.