Here is a snippet from an interview by BarStool Sports CEO Erika Nardini about interviewing potential employees:
Here’s something I do: If you’re in the process of interviewing with us, I’ll text you about something at 9 p.m. or 11 a.m. on a Sunday just to see how fast you’ll respond.
What’s the right response time?
Within three hours.
Count me among those who think this is a bad idea.
On one hand, I think I understand her intent. People should prioritize the work they do and think of it as more than “just a job”. If you want to work for a particular company, you should believe in the mission and the position you hold should be something you put your heart and soul into because it really is what you want to spend a great deal of time doing.
On the other hand, successful people are successful because they are proactive about their time management, not reactive to the world around them. Constantly reacting to every text, tweet, email or social media message is a terrible idea. Unfortunately it is a habit that many people fall victim for one reason or another.
The reality is that income generating activity (“your job”) should not be the ONLY thing you spend time doing. A healthy and well-rounded person should pursue interests and spend time doing a multitude of things. Hobbies, volunteer time, family time, personal development, exercise and many others.