Please don’t set whimsical shortlisting and selection criteria. Our time matters too…
A prospect approached me.
We spoke over the phone, he asked me some questions about my work.
I mentioned clearly that the domain they operate in is new to me.
The prospect said that was okay, and gave me a writing assignment for trial and to test my capability.
The assignment involved intense research.
Since the domain was new to me, I ventured to write with dedication, spending hours on getting it right.
Once I submitted the assignment, the client said that they found my work impressive, but they were looking for writers with specific expertise and experience in their domain.
Since I lacked the experience, I was not even a part of their selection criteria.
This was disheartening.
This seems to be even worse than nepotism.
If you are looking to hire someone, be a clear and transparent about the shortlisting and selection criteria.
Most importantly, abide by this criteria.
Our time is valuable too.
P.S. Values beat experience when experience doesn’t work hard.
~ Doug Radkey