CEO reveals 'Disney' question he expects all candidates to master

CEO reveals 'Disney' question he expects all candidates to master

A CEO has come-up with a novel way of assessing whether or not a candidate is an ideal fit for their company.

Don Mal, Chief Executive of software firm Vena Solutions, recently revealed to the New York Times one bizarre question that he has jobseekers answer during the recruitment process.

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  • Kelechi
    Mon, 7 Aug 2017 2:07pm BST
    I believe Mr. CEO is yet to grasp what true diversity really stands for. If he has not hired all the 'NOs' without a follow up 'Why' question, then he has failed in applying the key principles of 'Equal & Diversity' which govern fair recruitment and selection processes. This should be the underpinning framework behind a company's success. Depending on what part of the world he lives in, he could be breaking the law if unable to justify objectively, the reasons for not hiring a potential candidate during an interview feedback. He has missed an opportunity to identify that there could be potentially qualified and brilliant applicants such as individuals who might be:
    1. Enjoying their first family vacation in 10 years because they've never been able to afford one due to family size or circumstance.
    2. An employee who couldn't leave their spouse because their support is required to manage a disabled child or more than one child on a family holiday.
    3. An employee with mental illness who desperately needed that holiday to unwind before facing the next level of work challenge.
    I could go on but I'll stop at the above three examples. An sensitive employer with a mindset for encouraging diversity needs to think outside the box. Organisational success is not about deals and money. Staff wellbeing should be the priority at all times. Unless Mr. CEO doesn't realise the impact of a lack of the latter on staff turn over and sickness absence. He does need buddies to do the work even after all the 'deals' as secured. I would gladly say a capital NO if faced with his million dollar question. Without looking back!
  • James (UK)
    James (UK)
    Mon, 24 Jul 2017 2:55pm BST
    This guy sounds like an idiot.

    I'd happily be one of the 'no's if it meant working for someone more in touch with reality and with a better grasp of what a balanced work and home life should look like.
  • bob
    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 5:32pm BST
    Lets be real 'The biggest deal in the company's history' is not exactly what someone being interviewed is likely to be facing - as such the question is pointless and irrelevant - says it all about spoilt business leaders.
  • Rach
    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 3:24pm BST
    I can understand where he is coming from with the question, but why should all no people not get hired???
    It could be a very good reason they wouldn't be able to make it back, if they explained their reasons would he view the decision any diffrently and offer the position??
  • Rebecca
    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 1:45pm BST
    What a terrible expectation to have of others... Whilst his decision to leave is family may be right for him - and them - it is not necessarily right for everyone. A severe lack of empathy seems evident.....

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