- Ariana Huffington said that in the midst of the great resignation, companies should conduct “entry interviews”.
- “What’s important to you outside of work?” He told Bloomberg. The first question should be.
- “Doing so will help people feel that they can spend their whole lives working,” he said.
The Huffington Post’s influential founder, Ariana Huffington, has a suggestion for companies struggling to retain workers: “Interview” to find out what’s important to them before joining.
Unlike external interviews, an in-house interview asks new employees about their broader career goals and interests. This may allow companies to find out what will fit people into a role and the benefits or ways of working that will make them happier and more motivated.
Huffington, who also co-founded Thrive Global, an organizational cultural company in 2017, discussed admissions interviews with Bloomberg’s Emily Chang during a conversation about the effects of COVID-19 epidemics on mental health.
Americans continue to drop in their millions – a trend dubbed The Great Resignation – and Huffington sheds light on why this is happening.
But even amid massive resignations, employers in many sectors say they are struggling to find staff.
Huffington said that from his work with multinational clients such as Accenture and Walmart, he realized that the great resignation was not just about the burnout, but two other factors.
Huffington said working mothers have a difficult time trying to manage children, home education and work during epidemics. He said the second is a big revolution that matters to people, which is no longer just a career ladder or money making.
Huffington told Bloomberg, “In the presence of an existential threat, such as an epidemic and many deaths.” “People are choosing other things. We have a lot of people who are leaving more lucrative jobs to become teachers or to do things that are more meaningful to them.”
He said the change would continue, and suggested that companies start conducting admissions interviews as a result.
The desire for better pay, the vaccine mandate, and the desire to return to the office full-time are all factors that force people to quit their jobs. But the survey shows that many employees just don’t feel valued by their managers.
Huffington said the first question in an admissions interview should be: “What’s important to you outside of work?”
He said that asking them would enable employees to realize that they can bring their whole being to work, and better express what is important to them.
Huffington is not the only one who suggests that employers need to change the way they recruit in the current labor market.
Peter Capelli, Wharton’s professor of management, told Podcast Knowledge @ Wharton that companies need to do more to make employees feel safer against COVID-19 and provide more flexibility for childcare.