Recently I (Andrea) have been conducting interviews for one of my clients. Lots of interviews. Almost 90. That’s a lot of phone calls to make in between all the other work I’m doing. My time is precious to me, and when I schedule an interview, I need to go smoothly, quickly and on time.
Several of the candidates I scheduled interviews with decided not to answer their phones when I called. Now, on my end of things, I’m irritated. I took time out of my day to initially contact you to set this up. And then I took time out of my day to talk with you at the scheduled time when I could have been talking with someone else who would answer the phone.
On the candidate’s (well, ex-candidate’s) end of things I think, how hungry are you? Not very. Why did you apply if you didn’t want this job? Why did you put in the effort of applying? Why did you put in the effort of scheduling a 15 minute call with me? Did you really want this, or was it just something to do to pass the time?
It’s frustrating. Why are you putting any amount of effort into something if you’re not going to put all of your effort into it? Half-effort is half-assed. You don’t want your hair stylist to give you half a hair style. You don’t want your mechanic to replace half your tires. And you definitely don’t want your doctor to do half a surgery! So why are you only putting in half the effort toward the things you are trying to accomplish?
This is especially true with people who want to work from home. We hear it a lot. I Want to Work From Home!!! (Gee, sounds like a great name for a book!) ;) But when it comes time to actually put in the effort to work from home, people will come up with a list of excuses as to why it’s not happening. I haven’t had the time to do anything about it. I’ve been thinking about things, but… I looked at one job but didn’t apply.
What are you waiting for? If you’re going to commit to the goal of working from home (or any other goal, for that matter), why are you not putting in the effort? How hungry are you for the goal you want?
What’s your next step going to be?
Frankie and Andrea take turns sharing stories. Just good talk over a cup of coffee.