Ah, I wish time goes faster.
I’m stuck at work right now, doing… well, nothing. At least, work-related wise. I know, I know. I shouldn’t be doing things at work that are not work-related, but what am I supposed to do? Sit down and do nothing? I’ve already finished everything that I have to do earlier today, and I’ve run out of things that I can actually do at work, so instead of me doing nothing and being unproductive here, I am working on a blog post. I may be a lazy person, but I’m not a lazy employee. I just finish all my pending tasks, so I can just sit down and chill while waiting for another task to come up.
Don’t get me wrong, though. I feel bad for doing nothing at work, but I love my brain, so I need to do something like a mental exercise for it.
Today, my boss and our superintendent were supposed to have an interview with this woman at 1:30. This is how it went:
- 10 minutes before the scheduled interview, my boss told me to bring the lady to the conference room as soon as she gets in the office. So I waited for her to show up.
- 1:30 came, but there was no sign of this woman and I thought, she might be running a little late.
- 1:45, our superintendent came up to the lobby and asked me if the lady has come yet and I told him that no one has come in yet.
- 2:15, I went to the kitchen to make myself some tea and our superintendent walked in and told me he has a feeling that the lady won’t show up.
This is where it gets interesting.
Our superintendent asked me if we should hire a person that is late for an interview. They didn’t receive any calls or emails from this lady and they had been waiting since 1:20, so of course, I assume they were getting impatient. Our superintendent’s question resonated within me so I thought about it before giving him my answer.
I told him that we should at least give the interviewee the benefit of the doubt. Because who knows? Maybe something happened that prevented her from coming at the scheduled time. Perhaps she got stuck in traffic. Or maybe she had a kid and she couldn’t find a baby sitter. Or maybe she got lost and had a hard time locating our office. Whatever her reasons may be, she has a life aside from work and her interview and maybe, life was being a cruel mistress to her right now.
Then I was told that the lady had a family emergency and she wouldn’t be able to come to the interview, per our HR manager. Our superintendent thanked me and said that he was glad that he took my advice.
At this point, can I at least brag a little about myself? Lol. I am an HR management graduate and honestly, I thrive on these kinds of situations. I’m not saying that I’m a superstar admin or HR person. No, no, no. I’m still a newbie when it comes to doing HR, but I like being exposed to these kinds of situations. Feels like I’m putting into action the things I learned from my HR classes, tee-hee. 😊
Old me or pre-HR student me would say not to hire the person because if they showed up late for an interview, how could we expect them to be on time for meetings when we hire them and become our employee, right? Old me believes that it is important to give a good first impression, especially during interviews because the first impression can either make or break an interview. Well, I still believe that it’s important to give a good impression but in this case? It doesn’t hurt to be kind and compassionate, right? For all we know, the lady may be a good employee and it would suck for us to lose a potentially good employee just because she was late for the interview.
But then again, it will be a different story if she ghosted on us.
Anyway, the moral of the story is:
Be kind and practice compassion.
If we practice kindness and compassion, the world will be a better place for us. I’m not a perfect person and I admit that most of the time, I grumble and complain and just blow off to things or situations that are out of my control. And then I learned that every time I do that, I’m being harsh on myself. So now, I try to be compassionate and kind to myself. I’m trying to be mindful and all, lol. I suggest you guys do the same as well if you haven’t.
I’ll end this entry with a quote:
The smallest good deed is better than the grandest good intention.