Back to Reality


Ryan Hartzog has been trying to recruit me for the past 8 months. As he put it, he wore me down. At the end of the month, I leave the college to go to work for David Weekley Homes.

Here’s a few things that stuck with me:

  1. It’s not “Human Resources” it’s “People.”
  2. When I arrived, the receptionist greeted me by name, knew exactly who I was to meet, where I should be, and when I should be there.
  3. The interview & assessment process began at 9am and lasted well in to the afternoon. If they go through all this effort for everyone, they must be picky about who they select.
  4. The all-day interview process never felt grueling. I lost count of the number of times I was offered a beverage or asked if I needed a break.
  5. The team invited me in. We cut up and had a good time. I found a fellow Sci-Fi fan. Someone on the team has an aversion to Asian cuisine, and another to glitter. I was introduced to “Evil Donna,” who, it turns out, is not evil after all.
  6. By the end of the day, it was pretty clear these people enjoy their jobs and each other. I didn’t hear a grumble or see a frown all day, even in passing.
  7. They pushed through the process as quickly as possible (at my request), always set clear expectations, and were prompt in making an offer.

I’m heading back to “the real world.”

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