Monday the truck was towed to the dealer. The encounter left the vehicle with a tendency to only go in a circle to the right...serious alignment issue.
The dealer has confirmed the broken wheel and recommended a replacement tire. Alignment issues were confirmed but it was more. "The right rear axle housing is bent. The part is about $3000 and the labor will be an additional $1000." The total is now $4500+ from a 2 MPH confrontation. The redeeming part is that now it's an insurance claim with a company that is a leader in online policy management and claims reporting. All, now, is in process. The downside is not having the F-150 for a week plus. My insurance covers a rental vehicle but floods and hail have depleted the nation's fleet of vehicles. Global weather change hits home.
This AM I asked my better half if I could use her vehicle. "You don't even have a real job. You have no where to go." Nice reminder.
When I did have a job I had the opportunity to hire people. The challenge for the applicant is to get through the screening process, the review of resumes, including the right 'key words' (#keyword #resume #applicant #wantthisjobbad) and get an interview. Reviewing resumes, mountains of them, was tedious but enjoyable. My normal approach was to spend about 30 seconds on each resume. You look for form, style, relevant experience and typos. Typos typically indicate that they can't spell and you don't need them or that they are human and did not use a professional service to make a 'good resume.' So much for logic and deductive reasoning. Hiring needs intuition.
My interviews were always for an hour, the first never one-on-one. I brought one of my staff. It's good to put a face on the people they might work with; I was in charge but they needed to be part of a team. My role was scorekeeper, linesman, referee, umpire, etc., making and breaking rules and guidelines and convention. My goal was to put the interviewee at ease, to ask a few questions, probe their knowledge, find out their individual working styles and learn about their interests. Musicians always make good IT people. My staff always wanted conventional candidates. They all started as my unconventional choices. It worked.
It's been a while since I interviewed anyone. Last night's debate was a good opportunity to run through the "would this person be a good hire?" routine.
|Attribute||Donald Trump||Hillary Clinton|
|Grooming||Polished. Power tie & suit.||Polished. Pants suit.|
|'Private' Tattoo||'Donald Trump'|
|Experience||Only at own business||Progressively more demanding government|
|Relevant Experience||Probably not||Yes|
|Sense of Humor||None apparent||Not sure. Laughs at odd times.|
|Has a Pet||Yes & No. Unclear.||One cat, two dogs.|
|Listening Skills||None.||Only to worthy.|
|Speaking Skills||Not really. Shouts.||Rehearsed. To detailed.|
|Demeanor||Arrogant. Elitist.||Arrogant. Elitist.|
|Can take direction||No. Can't.||Could but won't.|
|Years of Preparation||Not enough.||Too many.|
|Team Player||No. Only wants to be captain.||Would agree to be co-captain.|
|Would respect me||No.||Would tolerate me for a while.|
|Pleasant at happy hour?||Might pick up tab.||Would leverage time.|
|Plays a musical instrument||Unclear.||Appears not.|
My conclusion: I'm going to run through the stack of submitted resumes a second time. This is tough.