The Truth About Who Gets Hired

November 17, 2014


Liz Ryan

I was not always a writer, coach, speaker and pen-and-marker fiend. I used to be a Human Resources person. I ran Human Resources departments in the startup world and the Fortune 500 world, too. I hired thousands of people, and I noticed one glaring truth about who gets hired.

It doesn’t have to do with the job-seeker’s resume, clothes, age, nationality, price tag, patter, track record or educational credentials.

The people who got hired were people who came to the match-making process to learn more, not to please anyone. The people who got hired were people who were intellectually curious. They brought thoughtful questions to their job interviews. They didn’t ask “Look how smart I am, Teacher!” questions to show us how carefully they’d researched our organization.

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