Question: Assessing Competency in an Interview

Perhaps one of the more difficult things to assess in an interview is whether or not the candidate is competent in the needed area. After all, it can be quite easy to talk in a manner that indicates competence without actually being able to do the job, and it can be extremely time consuming to conduct a complete test of the candidate’s ability to perform.

In some businesses, it has become the practice to request a portfolio, or a sample of the candidate’s work against which their abilities can be assessed. However, many businesses shy away from this practice, and some candidates are reluctant to provide copies of their work for a variety of reasons.

What methods does your business use to assess the competency of potential employees prior to making an offer

Naming a Business

There are a few common methods used for naming businesses. In general, though, naming a business should be a serious endeavor, as it will continue to be used to identify your business long after the reasons for choosing the name may be relevant.

Named for the Owner

The simplest, often used in service-based businesses, or those which have grown out of a consulting or sole-proprietorship, is to simply use the name of the owner[s] as the name of the business. Common examples include Dell, HP, Ford, Lloyd’s, Harry Rosen, and many others.

The industries in which this is fairly common are legal and accounting, in which the people involved in the business are highly relevant to their clients, or fashion, in which the name of the business is the name of the designer behind the business.

Named for the Product

Other businesses name themselves after what they sell. This can serve a business well if the name is chosen to be both specific and vague such that it covers its market effectively, and can outlive the life of any of its specific products.

Examples of such businesses include Home Depot (which caters the home renovation market) and Business Depot (servicing the business market).

Named for the Vision

Some businesses use their name as a derivation of their vision. As an example, No Frills is a grocery store which tries to keep everything as simple as possible. Best Buy includes an association with good deals as part of their name.

One additional factor to consider when choosing a name is that there needs to be an avoidance of brand confusion. If there is another business with a similar sounding name, even if they sell a different product, you need to be sure that your target market will not confuse the two businesses. This includes looking for a domain name that is easily associated with your business, and the domain most easily associated with your business is not owned by someone else.