If your career path hadn't led you to HR, what other field might you have chosen?
I graduated from WSU in Secondary Social Studies with the intent to become a high school history teacher. But of course I'd also be the high school football coach because that's fun too.
What was the first concert you went to?
If I wanted to sound cool, I'd go with the 1985 Kool & The Gang concert at the Michigan State Fairgrounds. If I want to be honest, actually the very first concert I went to was Tanya Tucker. Also at the fairgrounds. With my parents. (None of this is as cool as I hoped it would sound.) Delta Dawn, baby!
As an HR pro, what's your favorite interview question to ask?
I like to ask, "What gets your head off the pillow each morning?" The candidate's answer provides insight into what motivates them and gives me a better understanding of intrinsic value they're seeking in an employment opportunity.
Any hidden talents?
Back in the '90s, I was a DJ at a nightclub. Well, maybe nightclub is overstating it a bit. The place was called The Dugout at the Liberty Park Softball Complex in Sterling Heights. I was the one responsible for mixing Egyptian Lover with When I Hear Music It Makes Me Dance. I calculated the beats per minute with a stopwatch and mixed them up. If you've heard this remix, now you'll know it was me who originated it..
Bagels or donuts?
[long pause] Ummmm, donut.
But I was really conflicted.