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Monday, June 6, 2022
Good Monday Morning to You!

Most of you reading this have either interviewed someone or been interviewed by someone for a job. Neither one is much fun.

If you are the interviewee, you do your best to let your strengths shine and keep your weaknesses under the rug. If you are the interviewer, you do your best to lift that rug up and find out what issues you may have to deal with if you hire that person.

Just last week, I saw a post on inc.com with a headline that stated, “This Is the Best Job Interview Question.” I had to read it.

The story stated that this “best” question is “unusual but highly effective,” according to economist Tyler Cowen, who authored “Talent,” a book that shares how to spot undervalued abilities. Cowen says you can learn a lot about a candidate by asking, “What are the open tabs in your Internet browser right now?”

The story says your browser tabs are “real-world signals of what you’re truly interested in, as opposed to what you think the interviewer wants you to say you’re interested in.” Cowen says it is “revealing, but not invasive or nosey.”

I asked each member of our management team this question, and the answers varied greatly. Some admitted to having up to 10 browser windows open at any time for a variety of needs. Others said they keep a few open. I do one at a time. I looked to the article for some analysis on this. It said the right answer to that question “depends.” Of course, it does. It goes on to say that the number of tabs that are open may be “a sign of curiosity and Internet fluency,” or it could show “insufficient prioritization and poor organization.”

Phooey. I discovered a better question to ask: “If you were to allow me to look inside your vehicle right now, what would I find?” Eyes light up quickly with that one, as the interviewees wonder if I am really asking to look inside their cars. The answers tell you a lot.

As much as we try to make hiring a scientific process, it often comes down to a flip of the coin – especially when you only have two applicants. Truthfully, the same can be said for the job seeker who really doesn’t know if the company will be a good fit either.

Meanwhile, if you are on the job hunt, you may want to think about what browser tabs you have open — and what’s inside your car.

Have a magnificent Monday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
shane@dmcityview.com
515-953-4822, ext. 305

 
 

Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Rain chances continue today, with a break expected this evening into Tuesday afternoon. More rain chances are ahead Tuesday night into Wednesday and again on Friday. Temperatures stay fairly steady. I expect to see hotter weather after June 13th.

For help with preapprovals or refinancing, get in touch with Jason at parkin.mortgage

 
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FROM KCCI: State Title for dad: DCG's championship is extra special for one senior

DES MOINES, Iowa — This season, Dallas Center-Grimes won 22 games and their first-ever championship. That championship win was extra special to one DCG player. Senior Ellie Jermier is number 22. Seven years ago, her dad died in an accident. Ellie was 11 years old. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Deadly Ames shooting highlights dangers of domestic violence

AMES, Iowa — Days after the deadly shooting outside of an Ames church that killed Iowa State students Eden Montang, 22, and Vivian Flores, 21, some are wondering what can be done to prevent any similar tragedies from happening in Iowa. The Story County Sheriff’s Office believes the gunman, who died by suicide after the incident, was once in a relationship with Montang and specifically targeted her. He had been arrested for harassing Montang at work days before the shooting... READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Literacy rates fell for children during pandemic, study says

IOWA, USA — It's been known for a while the pandemic impacts health, but a recent study claims it has also hindered literacy rates in children. Local groups are working to improve that this summer.… READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

 
 
Best Of Des Moines 2022

CITYVIEW announced its 2022 Best Of Des Moines readers' choices Feb.1. You can find all the results from the poll in the February issue of CITYVIEW magazine!

Best Local Apartment Complex
1. The Village @ Gray's Lake
2. The Parker @ Seventh
3. Cascades at Jordan Creek

 
Personalities
 

Terharks undertake extreme home makeover

By Lindsey Giardino

Jeremiah and Karen Terhark first lived in Urbandale in 2006 before moving to rural Jasper County a couple years later. In 2019, though, they returned to the community with their four children and took on a big project.

“There was an original 1960s home on a former farmstead that was close to work and church and kids’ activities,” Jeremiah explains. “The house was mostly original and included bright orange carpet. We decided to do an extreme home makeover and addition to fit our family.”

The renovation included tearing half the home down and adding on.

“We like that we were able to customize the home for our family, and everyone was involved in choosing the furnishings, paint and finishes,” Jeremiah says. “Now that we are done and settled in, we are looking forward to doing an outdoor vegetable garden this summer.”

[...]

From the May issue of Urbandale Living magazine.

 
Scores
MLB, June 5:  Cardinals 5 Cubs 3, Twins 8 Blue Jays 6, White Sox 6 Rays 5, Astros 7 Royals 4, Padres 6 Brewers 4,   ... READ MORE
Iowa Cubs, June 5:  St. Paul 16 Iowa Cubs 7
NHL June 5: Lightning 3 Rangers 2
NBA June 5: Warriors 107 Celtics 88
 
Birthdays and Notables!
 

Happy Birthday Pam Kucera!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Jason Isaacs, Paul Giamatti, Björn Borg, Robert Englund, Steve Vai, Sonya Walger, Vic Mensa, Colin Quinn, Natalie Morales

SUBMIT: Send your birthday greetings and congratulatory notes to:tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

 
Morning Chuckle
 
The answer to yesterday's riddle:
What happens when you rub two oranges against each other?
PULP FRICTION! Got it Gail Tomlinson
 

TODAY'S RIDDLE:

What is a turkey’s favorite dessert?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 

 

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