A guest post written by Melissa Clendenen from Newport Beach, California
A church friend of mine recently dedicated himself to re-entering the corporate world. Being a generous person, he looked forward to sharing his years of experience and insight with others. He had prayed diligently to find a position that would bless both himself and his employer. He networked, focused hours on his goal, and to his credit remained optimistic throughout the multi-month process.
Listening in prayer, he was led to re-contact a recruiter with whom he hadn’t been in touch in awhile. The recruiter hadn’t initially thought of him for the position she was working on, but quickly agreed to arrange an interview. He was excited about the opportunity, and felt the position was compatible with his skills. A week after interviewing, he learned that he had landed the job.
We were overjoyed when he called to let us know the good news. Curious, I asked what they had talked about in the interview. To my surprise, he was asked only a handful of questions about his “hard,” professional skills. (Perhaps, they were convinced that he was qualified by the professional accomplishments outlined in his resume.) Instead of discussing business experience, the interview mostly focused on “soft” qualities. The company representatives wanted to know how he treated people: how he would handle difficult, demanding personalities at work, if he would be willing to help lighten the workload for colleagues in other departments, and other such issues.
My friend is a dedicated Christian and student of the Bible and in his business dealings, he strives for “win-win” situations; he’s fair, kind, and collaborative. He lives by The Golden Rule found in the Bible (Matthew 7:12): “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” My friend uses this rule to direct his interactions with others. Consequently, the “softer” line of questions allowed him to shine.
The interpersonal skills the interviewers were looking for in an employee are exactly the qualities my friend strives to put into practice every day. He didn’t mention God, or anything spiritual while they talked, but I bet they could sense his spiritual approach to business that revolved around supporting and collaborating with others.
Mary Baker Eddy, the discoverer and founder of Christian Science, valued the Golden Rule, too. She saw that it benefits all mankind. In her world-changing book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, she states: “In the scientific relation of God to man, we find that what blesses one blesses all, as Jesus showed with the loaves and the fishes, – Spirit, not matter, being the source of supply.”
My friend loves Eddy’s writings. He firmly believes that his desire to bless others was instrumental in helping him land his dream job. Those of us who know him whole heartedly agree!