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Reader Opinion: Hiring the best candidate

I remind myself when watching the (so-called) major party debates: this isn't supposed to be entertainment, we've got "The Simpsons" or "The Apprentice" for that.

I remind myself when watching the (so-called) major party debates: this isn't supposed to be entertainment, we've got "The Simpsons" or "The Apprentice" for that.

We, our nation, is conducting job interviews. In most job interviews, candidates are interviewed separately, but in politics we sometimes interview them all at the same time.

Should we be looking for an employee who is good at telling us what's wrong with all the other job applicants, or should we be more interested in them telling us how they can help our "company," what they can do for it and how? Ask for proof and commitment to all the claims!

Sometimes it's revealing, when they tell us what they plan to do to all the other employees (citizens) of our company. Often they say they'll do this and this, saying it's good. But by looking a little further, beyond all the words, it's obvious instead of helping all our employees and thus our company, they're planning to just help a couple at the expense of all the rest and when they've gotten all they could, will abandon the company and go elsewhere (Cayman Islands, Ireland, etc.).

The applicants are applying for a tough job, which comes open every four years. Why do they want this job so bad, when there are plenty of other easier, more lucrative jobs available to them? What's in it for them? This business of "wanting to give back" for the most part is just nonsense when they're at a loss at what else to say.

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Test their willingness to "give back" by asking they return some money (taxes).

If a job applicant is loudmouthed and bombastic, how will they fit in with our company? Does the candidate show temerity (recklessness), rather than reason?

Would you hire this person?

A. Martin

Merrifield

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