Evangelism at Work through the Interview Process

A few years ago I considered ways that Christians could evangelize even in a secular workplace.  One of the ways I thought this could be done is through interviewing and/or promotion situations.  (This idea came years ago when I started Sano Bioscience International an executive recruiting company focused on biotechs entering the FDA approval process). Here is what I came up with:

Situation – You are in a position of interviewing, considering someone for promotion or otherwise assessing them.  In this position you ask them questions (always recommend behavioral based interviewing).  After the period of interviewing, you end with one final assignment.  

Assignment – In order to see their skills in logic, writing, creative thinking and ability to form persuasive discourse you ask them to present a 2 page argument for Where Morality Comes From. You'd let them know they are not being evaluated on their 'position' but presentation, thought and articulation.

Evangelism Opportunity – To assist them, you hand them three 'examples'.  Two are from secular positions that are common worldviews, eg. social contract ethics, etc.  The third is a solid Biblical position that addresses the previous two and presents a presuppositional apologetic for the God of the Bible.

The purpose is to confront non-Biblical worldviews, hoping that people are forced to re-consider their stance.  And then to present a Biblical worldview as the only viable option. 

  • Adam J.

    December 2, 2006, 7:38 pm

    I have to say, that is one of the most interesting ways of sharing your faith with a coworker that I can imagine. Thanks for that. This is my first time to your blog, so far I like it and have subscribed to the RSS. I look forward to reading more…

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  • ron

    December 20, 2006, 9:49 pm

    This is an exceptionally bad idea. Metaphysical reasoning test as a basis for hiring someone to do Big Pharma’s dirty work? If that weren’t bad enough, you are not really interested in their response, you are using that as a pretense to obscure a more didactic aim. Also, Please tell me you don’t expect anyone to believe that the applicants ‘position’ would be completely unrelated to their chances of receiving an offer.

    Extremely. Bad. Idea.

  • Aaron

    December 20, 2006, 10:57 pm

    I agree entirely with Ron. When you are interviewing somebody for promotion or advancement, you are in a position of power. You have some say over whether they move up to the next level, and your idea implies that you are going to prefer somebody with your own worldview. That is a disturbing abuse of your authority. On that level alone, you should really think about whether Jesus would approve. I doubt it.

    From a more practical perspective RE your goals: if you are leading somebody towards a faith discussion in this context, the clever person will follow along with what he/she thinks you want to hear, in order to protect his/her chances for advancement. Or, if one finds this grossly offensive (as I do), he or she may complain to HR or your superior. If your secular biotech didn’t have some sort of anti-discrimination policy that specifically includes religious preference, I would be pretty surprised. Assuming they do, you could very well be fired. Frankly, you’d deserve it for such unprofessional behavior.