Thursday, September 19, 2013

Something good happened to me today at work

In my job, I supervise the secretaries in our Division (Neonatology) and now the student employees.  Anyone who has ever supervised people will tell you it isn't a rose garden.

I wasn't looking forward to going to work today.  We had posted a job opening for a student employee.  We thought we had one hired.  At the eleventh hour, he found another job "with more hours and more pay."  I had three interviews scheduled for today.  'Okay, I can do this,' I told myself.

The first young woman who came in was all smiles with a bubbly personality.  I have a pocket full of questions I ask job candidates to test their abilities to handle the job and find out what they are really like behind that cute smile and warm handshake.  I've actually found a few who don't bother to shake hands, if you can believe that.

As the interview went along, I warmed up to this young lady.  "Tell me," I began, "what accomplishment are you most proud of in your life and why?"

She smiled broadly.  "Definitely coming to the U of R (University of Rochester).  I am the first one in my family to go to college.  We are immigrants."  She is of Filipino heritage and it is obvious this young lady is going places in life.  She particularly wanted this job because she is considering going into Medicine and is drawn to Pediatrics."

I never hire someone right on the spot, no matter how impressed I am with them.  I waited a few hours and called her back to let her know we had chosen her and could she come back today to sign the required paperwork.  She was ecstatic!

From all indications so far, that young woman's parents did a fine job raising her.

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful story. :) I'm sure you have excellent judgement when hiring.

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