June 28, 2004

Small World...After All

Here's a "small world" story for you...

I run a slightly large project for a client. I've got a team of people helping me accomplish this, of course. Now, I have to replace one of those people because they're moving on to bigger and better things - like anyone could ever find anything better than working for me! Okay...maybe that's doable. I was scheduled to have a conference call with a replacement candidate this afternoon. This isn't a formal interview. The candidate already works for my company but I've got to make sure she has the right mojo and all. When I glanced at her resume right before the conference call (damnit, I was busy - you expect me to do this ahead of time?) I ran across a very familiar company name. Turns out one of my favorite bloggers works for a company with the same name. Was it possibly the same company? Yes! Could said blogger actually know this person? Yes! Wanna talk about a quick reference? I got the scoop on the candidate via IM in about 0.005 seconds then jumped on the call!

Is it any wonder that I constantly stress the importance of not burning bridges and setting up good personal and business networks? The world can inflate and contract, getting bigger and smaller. You never know how small the world could be on any particular Monday.

Posted by Chris at June 28, 2004 05:04 PM

I don't know whether to be impressed or frightened... I can't imagine anyone who actually knows me not scaring off a potential employer when trying to give me a reference. See, I look all normal (well, relatively), but once I've been at a job for awhile, settle in and get used to people, suddenly I'm the office weirdo.

Well, you know what they say, it's always the quiet ones.

Posted by: pie at June 28, 2004 06:22 PM

Blogging Rules!
I did my first series of interviews and a hiring last week. Don't like it. You have to disappoint too many people. Anyway, to finish my story, I got a thank you for hiring me email from the winner (or is that loser) today.

I really have high hopes. Wish me luck

Posted by: cassie-b at June 28, 2004 07:40 PM

That story sounds awfully familiar...:)

Posted by: GranolaSpice at June 28, 2004 07:43 PM

Wow...it is certainly a small world.

Posted by: Nicole at June 28, 2004 10:04 PM

How funny!! And.. thanks for planting that Disney song in my head ;)

Posted by: Sweety at June 29, 2004 03:47 AM

Heh. Cooool. What software do you work with? I'm PeopleSoft affiliated for the last 10 years. I'm off to go search blogs for references - I have two spots to fill!

Posted by: Holly at June 29, 2004 10:12 AM

I know a guy who worked for People Soft in Massachustees.

Posted by: Cammie at June 29, 2004 05:21 PM

eek! That's both cool and frightening.

Posted by: Bond Girl at June 29, 2004 06:14 PM

By the way, if anyone was wondering, that blogger was me me me me me.

Me. Talk about me more.

Anyway, that person was waaaay lucky s/he never did anything piss me off. Heh.

Posted by: Amalah at June 29, 2004 07:40 PM