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Not Prince Hamlet

"Full of high sentence, but a bit obtuse."

Phone Interview

Monday, September 17, 2007

Yesterday I had a phone interview with the Associate Pastor Nominating Committee from a nearby church. For those who don't know, Presbyterian churches look for pastors and associate pastors by forming Pastor/Associate Pastor Nominating Committees (PNC's/APNC's). That committee's job is to compose the position description, circulate it, interview candidates, and, ultimately, recommend one for the congregation to vote on.

This process almost always utilizes a phone interview.

I can't think of a less effective way for a group of people to assess the merit of a candidate than a phone interview (maybe email would be worse). There is no room for complexity in a phone interview, either in your interaction with the interviewers or the composition of your responses to their questions.

For example, one person asked me what I thought about the current "struggle" in the PC (USA) over inclusion. Now, that's a very intentional way of framing that issue, and it immediately gives something away about the church's theological leaning (another church might have asked about the struggle over "homosexuality" or "Biblical authority"). So, it's a complex question about an even more complex issue. But what you're required to do in a phone interview is make your best guess as to what they're really asking, and then speak into the ether for about five minutes. You won't have the benefit of gauging their reaction. You won't be able to clarify something that comes off as confusing. You just have to fire away and hope you don't wildly miss the mark.

By the end of the interview, the moderator of the committee said they would be getting back to me "right away." That means it either went really well or very badly. I guess I'll know soon enough.
posted by Not Prince Hamlet, 8:27 AM

3 Comments:

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commented by Anonymous kairos, 11:08 AM  
Praying for you, my man.
commented by Blogger Scott, 2:25 PM  
Scott, thanks.

Kairos, your enthusiasm is very contagious.

I mean very contagious!very contagious!very contagious!very contagious!very contagious!very contagious!very contagious!

Thanks for the positive vibes.
commented by Blogger Not Prince Hamlet, 3:20 PM  

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