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.
Concept 1: Appreciate what you already have and don’t jump on the hamster wheel of desire
Simple concept here. You have a bus pass and an apartment…don’t let yourself become consumed by the desire to have a big car and a fancy house. Not that having a car and a house are a bad thing, but….once you have them, won’t you want a newer and bigger car and house? Where does that end? Maybe the focus is on having efficient transportation and a safe place to live instead? Same thing with recruitment. You have all the tech tools you need to reach your candidates now, so looking for that next magic bullet is only going to leave you feeling like you aren’t doing enough when you can’t find it. Better approach might be to take advantage of the tools you already have. You have email and a couple of minutes? Then you have the ability to schedule interviews online with Interviewer Assistant.
Concept 2: Focus on what you can control (not on what you can’t)
This is not unique to stoicism (I first encountered this concept in detail in the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – a must read for anyone who is ….alive). Are you overly concerned with the stock market, price of gas or the threat of trans fats in our food supply? If you focus instead on getting good investment advice, your personal travel decisions and reading food labels you’d probably feel better (and have more money and be healthier, etc.). Same thing applies when doing the work of a Human Resources person. Is that guy I just terminated going to sue me? Well, spend your energy on doing your due diligence, dot your “i”s and cross your “t”s and move on. When scheduling interviews, you can take control of the process and turn it from an ineffective game of pone tag to a smooth, orderly process by using a good interview scheduling email template. The benefit of this is that not only do you free up time to work on more important things, but you can ensure your candidates are getting all the info they need with just this one point of contact…which is way more efficient.
Concept 3: Simplify
Never complicate something out of the misguided belief that more is better (unless we are talking about money or pumpkin pie…more is rarely better). What you want in a process that you will be using on a regular basis is ease of use and simplicity. How often in life, or work, is the answer to add something complicated into to solving a problem? I see people do this out of instinct or reflex, or maybe fear? Usually we have our best results when we strip away the stuff we don’t need and focus on the fundamentals. That is what you will get with Interviewer Assistant.
There also might be some stuff I missed on Stoicism, so maybe try Googling that? Did I mention I don’t have a Ph.D. in Philosophy?