I had four qualified candidates. Why did I choose Charles for the part-time summer position at Berea I needed to fill? The answer is in the letter I wrote to the four candidates…
Dear Ashley, Trevor, Charles, and Reagan,
Please receive my heart-felt appreciation for being available and expressing your interest in this summer job. I believe each of you is qualified for the position and I don’t feel I could go wrong if I hired any one of you. I would like to hire you all. I have much experience hiring people and when I find good candidates for a position, I delight in hiring them!
Nevertheless, I only need one person, so I must pass on three of you.
I have decided to hire Charles.
(Charles, I look forward to working with you and getting to know you better. We will get started as soon as most of the residents leave.)
As I reflect on my decision, I realize there is a lesson here for me and maybe for you if you are interested. Why did I settle on Charles? Simply, because he expressed the most enthusiasm for the position. Even though four people were qualified, Charles got hired because he invested that extra bit of energy to enthusiastically sell himself. I have failed to do that many times in my life and have probably missed some opportunities.
I trust the rest of you will find the employment you need for the summer. You are wonderful people!Yours,