January 25, 2016
I am not naïve enough to believe that people don’t lie or at least stretch the truth a little on their resumes. They worked somewhere 18 months but call it two years. They’re a class or two short of actual graduation, but they walked — call it a degree. I’m not condoning lying, just acknowledging that it happens. But, with that being said, I can still be surprised. At Mustang Marketing, when we look to hire a new designer, my creative director (CD) will handle the initial resume reviews and the initial interviews for those who pass the first step. When the CD has narrowed it down to one or two candidates, I take the opportunity to either validate the choice or throw in my two cents worth if two candidates are left. Years ago, when we still worked for the Los Angeles Dodgers and before the internet, I was doing the final interview with what appeared to be a strong candidate. He showed up on time, dressed professionally and carried himself well in the interview. I leafed through his portfolio as we talked and stopped on a certain page and asked him for more information. It was a tray liner for a joint Dodgers/Carl’s Jr. promotion (remember Paul Kalil?), and he went into some detail on what the job parameters were, how he tackled the project and especially about how pleased the Dodgers were with his work. I explained to him that the reason I asked was because the Dodgers were an account of ours and this was a project that we had just recently completed for them. He simply looked up at me — with no outward appearance of embarrassment, much less concern — calmly zipped up his portfolio case, offered his hand and said, “I guess I won’t be getting this job.” He then thanked me for my time and let himself out. I sat there for a moment, frankly admiring his cojones and feeling very thankful that I never played poker with him. I’m glad he never came to work for us and certainly don’t respect what he did, but I’m glad I met him.