After being laid-off from WeWork last year, I started a design company, signed a major project, hired some former team members… then lost the project to a big starchitect. We were flattened, but flattered.
The job search education commenced.
You can learn more about a company from their recruitment process than from their mission statement.
One financial services company, after I passed their 100 question exam and then 18 interviews, sent me nothing more than a generic ‘the position has been filled’ email.
During the hiring process with one of the world’s most recognized brands, over three months of interviews, they rejected me three times and returned to ask me to continue interviewing four times. Fool me thrice, shame on…. who?
Another, a well-funded startup, after several interviews asked me to make a two-hour presentation to show how I would solve their current spatial design issues. I made the presentation – walking them through the process & design thinking methodologies I would use to solve their problems. Then, when it came to showing the solution, I blurred out the slide and overlaid it with ‘Your Trial Has Expired – Hire Me For Complete Design Solutions’… they were gobsmacked, silent, and not in a good way. Their silence continued infinitely – I never heard back from them.
After being repeatedly put through the mill, I won’t lie, despite knowing it was for the best, it started to get to me.
In an effort to test Murphy’s Law, I figured if I relocated all my furniture/items from my storage unit in NYC, the moment they arrived in Florida, I’d be sure to get a job in NYC. That’s how it works, right?
I guess the universe was fooled since I landed three offers simultaneously the week I returned.
Decision Time – Time to Flip the Coin!
Making this difficult decision was surprisingly easy.
I scored each job opportunity on a 460 point scale. I drew up a rubric with 30 factors that are important to me, within 4 categories. They were categorized under:
- Job Factors (Salary, flexibility, collaboration…)
- Company Factor (Stability, culture, values…)
- Location Factors (Friends/family, tennis courts, car dependency…)
- Future Factors (Growth, internal influence, leadership opportunities…)
Factors were weighted, companies were scored, scores were weighted, points were totaled, and… they all ended up within 3 points of each other. Like I said – easy!
That’s when my version of the pseudo-philosophy ‘flipism’ came to play.
Followers of ‘flipism’ choose between complicated life-changing decisions by simply flipping a coin. First introduced in a 1952 Disney comic book where Donald Duck is advised, “Life is but a gamble, let flipism chart your ramble”.
My version of this Phill-osophy, which I will now vainly call ‘Phill-ipism’, still involves the flipping of the coin. However, as has always been my experience, as the coin is flipping in the air, deep down inside you become aware of which side your heart truly wants it to land on. That’s how you make your decision – whichever way the coin lands is inconsequential.
This is what happened with my decision rubric. The more I spoke with the team at Saltmine the more I, almost subconsciously, kept adjusting my point scale in their favor. Their recruitment process was open and honest, transparent, fun, without nonsense, but most importantly – human! Seeing Saltmine ahead in the point total triggered a happy gut feeling and I knew what my decision would be.
I am grateful to have joined the Customer Success team at Saltmine. My first week has been nothing but incredible. The team prides itself on delivering happiness and is committed to giving clients’ ideas the space to grow. I am also excited to grow alongside the company and I am more than ready for the challenges that await us. The Saltmine platform is extraordinary and a much-needed disruptor to the design industry. Its possibilities are as limitless as the phenomenal people working here.
Life is a Never-Ending Learning Experience
The most rewarding experience while working at WeWork was building relationships with the incredible collection of amazing and resilient people the company had gathered. This is exactly what drew me to Saltmine – in addition to, what has now become a twice-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work with Jacob Reidel – to whom I am indebted.
On that note, I would certainly be remiss if I did not express my gratitude to the many people who have played a part in my journey. My parents, Nabeel & Ferial, who are endless supporters of all my endeavors. My mentors, sounding-boards, and friends – Patrick Jabbour, JiYoon Yoo, Kostas Tsamis, Elise Cuneo, Alaa Raafat, & George Youakim. Dave Fano, the Teal community, and their Job Tracker for keeping me organized. Of course, to Dave Rhoads and Shawn Green, for your trust and truly making my decision as easy as the process. To my former team, clients, teachers & colleagues – thank you, sincerely.
With that being said, I am always just a message away – If I can help you in any way, please do not hesitate to reach out. I would be honored to help make an introduction, be a sounding board, build a decision-making matrix, or provide you a coin to flip!
Have any great or not-so-great recruitment stories? How do you handle big decisions? Drop us a comment, we’d love to hear about it.
This article has been reprinted with permission from Phill’s LinkedIn article.