New Metaphors on Employee Selection
I feel sometimes that the selection of employees is like selecting a watermelon, or some other fruits. You shall only be quite sure of the quality of a watermelon by cutting it, making sure its seeds is black and that it is red. We run many times into assuming that we selected the right watermelon only to be disappointed that it is white and non-tasty from inside.
The selection of employees and of friends are not different for we run into many disappointments upon finding out what looked promising from outside turned into displeasure. We may improve our guessing of the quality of watermelon by properly examining its outside. A mature watermelon will have a yellow spot where it was sitting. This is because this part didn't have the opportunity of exposure to direct sunlight. We may that some candidates may have a "yellow spot" because they were not exposed to the cameras. They were dimmed from exposure; in fact such "spots" may be indicative of hidden strengths and qualities. This yellow spot may not in effect reflect a "yellow" person.
The outside of a watermelon should protect it from major bruises. That is a main job. A candidate employee might have suffered from minor bruises, but his "skin" should be devoid of major ones. The bruises are mostly intangible. Check for major and repeated complaints, and their pattern of repetition. A watermelon with major bruises should not be picked. Candidates with deep wounds and bleeding memories may be not suitable for "picking up".
A good watermelon is uniform in shape. Uniformity is quality. Look for the "shape" of employees and how uniform they are. In particular consider how they shape up not their bodies; more importantly their thinking authenticity. You don't want candidates who flow with the ideas of the interviewers and their opinions take the shape the vessel they fill. You need employees who fill their vessel with solid thinking and not fluid thinking just to fill the vessels of others.
The paradox here is that watermelons are essentially water (92%). They are fluid from inside. If the outside isn't uniform, firm and has the right colors then the inside fluid is not of value. Human are also mostly water. If the outside of the human is bruised, of the wrong attitudes and high susceptibility to bruises then the inside might not be safe to deal with.
Human are also mostly water. If the outside of the human is bruised, of the wrong attitudes and high susceptibility to bruises then the inside might not be safe to deal with.