Last week Wednesday, I was happy to join a panel of recruiters interviewing candidates for the roles of Marketing officers and Public relations officers for a renowned entity. I sat together with a team from Brighter Monday, so we totaled up to 4 interviewers; 2 ladies and 2 gentlemen. While the first interview was quite jittery for me, the next 5 were a smooth sail. In the future, I would like to share some qualities that I was searching out from the candidates, and the do’s and don’ts of an interview, however today, I will talk about why I walked out of this particular session in a lot of meditation.
Candidates walked in dressed in very flashy clothes, some couldn’t decide whether to rest their bag on their laps or beside the chair on which they sat. Some seemed to have spent the night up reading for the interview—as though they had gotten access to the questionnaire we would be using to interview them. Some were good negotiators but not very persuasive, the others had amazing accents but were overly experienced and had outrageous goals for the entity if hired.
The last interview of the day was of a young gentleman dressed in high black boots, an impressively white pressed shirt tucked into khaki trousers, with a laptop bag hanging at his side and oval rimmed glasses around his eyes.
He seemed timid but exuded an aura of confidence. The lead interviewer asked him to take a seat, and he nodded in obedience. He took a seat and sent out formal greetings. He was interested in the vacancy for Public Relations officer.
We asked the young man to introduce himself and this is what he had to say;
My name is Kimeruka Adam, and I love plenty of things including public relations and communications. I love to communicate and I like to let my work speak for me. The interviewer close to me on my right, then asked “why do you think you are the best choice for this role?
The young man said “Google me. I just told you what my name is”.
In that moment, there was an audible and blinding silence. The man seemed to have sucked the air out of the room (and I can’t deny, I too felt flabbergasted). I mean he had said “Google me” with a shrug to his shoulders.
(After a two days’ thought—this is stand about the incidence). In a world where interviewees appear before interview panels very timid and shaken, I inwardly applaud this man. And here is why;
With the growing use of the internet, Google has, perhaps more than any other company realized that information is power. Information about the Internet, information about innumerable trends, and information about its users, YOU. Any interviewee that proves their capability of manipulating the information that google captures about them, but also shows wide knowledge of this field is a keeper.
Google is that big sibling that imposes himself because he/she has been in their young sibling’s space so much to know all about them. So how much does Google know about you and your online habits? It’s only when you sit down and actually start listing all of the various Google services you use on a regular basis that you begin to realize how much information you’re handing over to Google. An interviewee that knows pretty much about their online habits is a disciplined chap– This is an assumption!
I want to believe that Google has made sure to go beyond just service provision to actually building relationships with its users. On Google, you can discover what people are looking for, what people want, and make decisions based on those discoveries. This is of course extremely useful to any company looking to hire.
Recently, I woke up to a reminder from Google photos about photos I had taken 2 years ago (in that day, I was oblivious of the fact that 2 years later, I could be different, with a different perception about life and all givings) and yet there were the memories staring at me. Thank God I hadn’t made my Google photos public or else, it would be a great day for any pessimistic troll.
Google’s stated mission is “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful” and it is making good on this promise. However, Google is gathering even more information than most of us realize.
You must be wondering how google knows all about you, and I don’t mind stating how;
- Searches (web, images, news, blogs, etc.) – Google is, as you all know, the most popular search engine in the world with a market share of almost 70%. Google tracks all searches, and now with search becoming more and more personalized, this information is bound to grow increasingly detailed and user specific. It is also important to note that not only does Google get information on what we search for, it also gets to find out which search results we click on.
- Web crawling
- Website analytics
- Ad serving
- Twitter (late last year, google entered a partnership with twitter, so yes, all your tweets belong to google)
- Google Apps (Docs, Spreadsheets, Calendar, etc.)
- Google Public
- Google Public
- The Google Chrome browser
- YouTube –
- Google Translate –
- Google Books
- Google Maps and Google Earth
- Your contact network
Now how many services do you use on a daily? almost half the list, is it not? Google is like an octopus, its arms are starting to reach almost everywhere. It has become so mixed up in so many aspects of our online lives that it is getting an unprecedented amount of information about our actions, behavior and affiliations online.
While compiling this post, Sylvester Nyombi (the girls that deeply like him call him Sly, and among his Rugby homies, goes about as Egumire) asked what I was writing about, and whether he could contribute towards it. When I shared the interview panel scenario, this is what he had to say.
“If I were on that panel, I would go like nigga please”. He continued to defend his position saying “in as much as I’m proud of the fact that he feels he done did a great job for himself, there’s a reason he is at the interview; So he can express himself about these works on Google. If it weren’t for that, I’d have googled him straight up and not asked him to come for the interview in the first place. Besides his answer doesn’t answer the question asked. His answer fills more the gap of “could you show us some of your work?” and not “what makes you best fit for this job”
Sly says he would respond to the young man and say, we’ll Google and get back to you. Then trash him, and if I could, wipe him off the face of the earth (that is extreme) but what I am trying to say is that that arrogance would deny him the job… Laugh if you may but this took me to bed in stitches.
My role on that panel was not to hire the candidates but to observe, assess and qualify them, on whether they knew the role they were interested in, and whether they were capable of handling the responsibilities that were to come with that office. I scored the young man a good mark and inwardly, with that aggressiveness, I hope he is hired
For whatever you are doing today, if you are using one of Google’s services, always remember Google saves, and Google never forgets.
So allow me ask you one question; If I googled you, (or if your employer googled you) what would I/they find?