Ever since my experience with Senior Keg-ger day in Montana, I would make a point to ask each applicant I was required to interview about their town.
I would conduct interviews of applicants who required waivers. Waivers for something in their past, usually minor issues -- stole a pack a bubble gum from the store. Stupid kid tricks I would call them. But when I finished I would always ask if there was anything else we needed to discuss. Anything at all. The answer was always no. Everything was on the application. I would then launch into Montana questions ---
Me: "Refresher my memory again, what was your town's name?"
Applicant: Answers with some town in Montana....it really didn't matter.
Me: "Is there a sheriff for your town?"
Applicant: "Yes, sir."
Me: "How long has the sheriff been sheriff?"
Applicant: "As long as I can remember......"
Me: "So, safe to say, the sheriff knows the town and the surrounding land pretty well?"
It is all in the set up.....
Applicant: "Well, I guess so."
Me: "So, I would imagine the sheriff probably knows all of the roads and dirt paths in the area?"
I would usually get a chuckle from the applicant at this point. It told me they didn't see the punch line coming.
Applicant: (chuckles) "I am sure he does."
Me: "All of the one way roads where people might go to say hide while they were drinking underage on a Friday night AND wait for them to come driving down the road. Give them a ticket, perhaps?"
Silence. That always indicated the applicant knew they were caught AND was trying to figure out how to get out of the situation.
Let him squirm just a little longer. When the applicant started to make a sound, it was always best to stop him and just fill in the blanks. No sense having him lie to me.
Me: "SO. Is there any minor in possession or consumption of alcohol you want to discuss."
Applicant: "Yes, sir. How did you know?"
Me: "Wild guess. This is my first time to this rodeo."
I must have conducted over a hundred interviews a year during my time in recruiting. I can say it always made me laugh when they wondered how we knew.
"Wow! I think that is the first time I have every heard that one......" Haha!
Until next time.