When someone tells you what you need to hear, instead of what you’re hoping to hear, you’ve found something priceless.

Source: Deep connection | Seth’s Blog

Several years ago I interviewed the for the technology coordinator job in a school district. I was totally happy in my current job, but when the opportunity arose to interview, I decided to take it.

This school district was pretty wealthy, but the technology available to students was limited. I made it through the first round of interviews to the second and final round. The job was starting to appeal to me, a chance to build up a district from the ground level, with the funding to do it right.

However, when sitting with the interview committee, I was asked a question that I believe was the reason I didn’t get offered the job. “What would you do with the limited resources of this school district.” It was at this moment I switched to telling them what they needed to hear, and not what they wanted to hear. I told them that their district does not have limited resources. The reasoning behind my thoughts was the fact that the district had completed a major renovation and construction project, all with general funds and without going to the community for a levy. I was hoping that the district would see my answer as a reason to hire someone visionary. This person would be able to help the staff and students be a leader in the education field.

In hindsight, would I change my answer if I could? No I would not. They needed to hear that. I still wish the district the best of luck, and check up on them when I get a chance.