Johnny Bunko

18 04 2008

I just ordered Daniel Pinks’ new book “The Adventures of Johnny Bunko; The last career guide you’ll ever need“. I’m blown away by the ingeniousness of his concept of mixing Japanese manga with business advice and bringing it to the West, and I think the concept will only get bigger and bigger…I really look forward to reading it. In the meantime, I’m going to finish reading his other book “A whole New Mind” which is something I should’ve done a long time ago, but Chuck Liddell came between me and Daniel Pink with his book “ICEMAN: My fighting life” which I just finished. Awesome man, awesome book.

Back to Johnny Bunko, this is from his blog:

Kabuki theater. That’s what I call the traditional job interview. One person offers a rehearsed and predictable question. (“What’s your biggest weakness?”). The other offers a similarly rehearsed and predictable response. (“I work too hard.”) Ugh.

As someone in the process of looking for a job and going through a lot of interviews these days, I can really relate to that and I don’t think it’s an effective way of finding the “right” people. I can’t express it any better than marketing genious, Seth Godin:

If you use a standard interviewing process, then the people you hire will by definition be good at the standard interview process. But there are very few jobs where being good at a job interview is what you do for a living.

So how did Seth find the right person when he offered an internship in New York? Read the story here.

I’ll come back and talk more about these books in future posts.

L

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