Wow, it’s been almost two months since our last post; I hope you’ve missed me (I suspect you didn’t)!
So what happens when a recruiter starts using an interview scheduling tool for the first time? Do they lose consciousness due to confusion...or reach a state of nirvana and bliss from all the efficiency they create for themselves? The answer probably depends on the specific tool they are using, so....I dunno. But, I can tell you about what it's like for people to start using Interviewer Assistant and the results are pretty nifty if I do say so myself. Because Interviewer Assistant was created specifically for recruiters by recruiters, it takes into account the intricacies of recruitment interviewing that some of the general purpose online interview scheduling tools may not. Also, it’s designed for the technical capacity of the average HR person (don't throw rotten tomatoes at me....I'm talking about myself here as well) so it's pretty easy to master the first time you use it.
Although we Canadians all know who the Trailer Park Boys are, there is a minute possibility that some of you non-Canadians reading this don’t. So aside from the surprisingly detailed Wikipedia entry, let me add briefly that most seasons of the Trailer Park Boys would go somewhat along these lines:
Stoicism, besides being very misunderstood by most people, is my guiding philosophy as Human Resources professional and a human being. Just for clarification, a good stoic will still cry if you kick him in the shins (if you kick them hard enough, that is) because stoicism is not about restraining or eliminating emotion. Rather, stoicism is about overcoming the cycle of wanting what we don’t have and allowing decisions to be driven by reason instead of emotion. Ok, I admit this is an over-simplification of a school of thought that has existed for thousands of years, but I think it’s a good starting point to understand how a good stoic approach to scheduling interviews (or…life) can be employed.