“I had hoped that my new hire would have the potential to work at a higher level,” Marilyn explained.
“What do you mean?” I asked.
“Well, at his last job, perhaps there wasn’t the kind of opportunity we have here. During the interview, he was very interested in the work we do. I could see it in his eyes.”
“And?” I prompted.
“And, after the first three minutes, I just knew he was the right person,” she concluded.
“And, now?” I pressed.
“And, now, I think I made a mistake.”
“And, why do you think you made a mistake?”
“Now, that I am looking at the real work output, it is remarkably disappointing,” Marilyn shook her head.
“So, the real evidence of work product is a different picture than what you hoped, what you saw in his eyes and what you interpreted in the first three minutes of the interview?”
Marilyn stared. “I guess I was looking at the wrong things.”
“The real measure of performance, even in an interview, is not a gleam in the eye. The only measure of performance is performance.”