Most people expect their final interview will be with their boss, or perhaps their would-be boss’s boss. Not so at M & E Painting LLC, a commercial and residential painting company with two locations in Northern Colorado. There, the final interview is with the boss’s wife.
Before extending a job offer, CEO and founder Matt Shoup asks finalists — and their significant other, best friend or whomever is “the most important person in their life” — to meet with him and his wife, who co-owns the company.
Why? Shoup hires people he hopes will stay for a long time and he wants new members of his growing dozen-employee team to wholeheartedly support his company vision. That means the most important person in their life must believe in the company, too, he said.
“If you’re not happy at home, then you bring that problem to work,” Shoup said.
Since adding this extra step to his interview process two years ago, M & E Painting was named one of the best US places to work by Inc magazine and Shoup said he hasn’t had any employees leave the company because of job dissatisfaction, although he has made fewer offers.
Last year, after a meticulous vetting process that included a 19-item written questionnaire, a panel interview with several of Shoup’s entrepreneurial pals and a couple of unpaid work samples, Shoup hired Eric Cooper as his new executive assistant. Cooper will be the first to admit that Shoup’s interview process was unusually thorough.
But, he said, the working double date was more confirmation he was signing on with the right team. For starters, he explained, meeting Shoup’s wife gave him more insight into the type of person Shoup was. Plus, getting his own wife’s take on his future boss gave him more confidence in his decision.
To say the meeting went well would be an understatement.
“My wife told me she would be okay with me working late because she found a new friend to drink wine with,” Cooper joked.
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