• Paul Rutherford

PERFECT MATCH


I was on the LinkedIn homepage, trying to avoid the banner articles, those promises of “3/5/7/9” steps to “better job / happiness / wealth / social media mastery”. The digital equivalent of snake oil. Yet one did catch my attention (which I suppose is the general idea):

“Top Executive Recruiters Agree There Are Only Three True Job Interview Questions.” Were these Top Recruiters or Recruiters of Top Executives? How many of them had reached this agreement ? (It turned out to be a not-entirely significant sample of two). Had I wasted thousands of hours while interviewing hundred of executives – both as a corporate manager and as a recruiter? Actually, the framework offered in the article is a good distillation of the heart of the matter. In the same way that ‘revenge’ and ‘self-reflection’ are a good distillation of Hamlet. But what really caught my eye was the form of the questions: give or take a syllable or two, they were a perfect haiku:

Coachaiku : 17-syllable reflections, in a 5-7-5 form, for personal and professional development.

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