The ogre at the personnel deskThe ogre at the personnel desk
Michael A Snyder   

When securing employment, most people must convince only one person that they have the talents to be employed, and this person is the company personnel manager. Oftentimes applicants view the personnel manager as an institution whose sole purpose in life is to arouse high anxiety in applicants. Perhaps you have had to face the uncomfortable situation of being evaluated, knowing that you can do the job, but uncertain as to the outcome of your interview. Ordinary human beings. Actually, personnel directors are human. Just like you or me, they eat lunch, wear clothes, drive a car, watch television and otherwise act like normal Homo sapiens. The catch comes in, however, when this person has to make a decision as to whether or not you fit in his organization.

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Publication Date: September 24, 1979