Just Stand There

by Frank Roche on February 1, 2012

in Business, Management

“Keith! KEITH!”

A suburban mom runs the 200 yards dash with a school backpack held above her head, all the while yelling her son’s name.

“KEITH! KEITH!”

Keith stands with his buddies at the bus stop. He’s laughing. Joking. Not moving. Feet of clay.

Keith’s mom sprints all the way to the bus stop. Hands Keith his backpack as the bus rolls up.

Keith grunts.

And Keith’s mom laughs nervously with another suburban mom. “Kids. Always forgetting one thing or another.”

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I witnessed that precious moment this morning while I was walking Snickers the Wonder Dog.

Never hire Keith.

Keith won’t cut it your organization. You see, when you need something, he’ll stand there. Let you do it. Won’t take responsibility for his actions. Accountability? Fuggedaboutit. Keith’s mom will sprint into HR to take up his defense.

You want a behavioral interview question? Here’s one: “You forgot your backpack. And your mom yells your name from the house. Do you a) run back to the house to get it, or b) stand there and expect your mom to run it to you?”

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