Adam Vasquez

What Parking Says About Your Character

There is a direct correlation between a person being a great colleague and how he or she parks their car. In fact, it’s become part of my interview process. You can learn a lot about a person’s character just by observing this simple, everyday maneuver. Here are a few of the characteristics that have been revealed to me through this exercise.

Work Ethic

Do you care enough to park in between the lines? Even the most experienced drivers can miss the angle the first time. Are you determined enough to try again or give up? How will you handle a complex project if you can’t handle parking a Honda Civic?

Attention to Detail

Do you take your time to get it right? If you’re not considering the fact that you didn’t leave enough space for the car next to you, how do I know you’ll care enough to use “affect” vs “effect” in an email to a client?


If you took two parking spaces, it’s pretty clear you don’t care much about others. What if a colleague needs help or a late-night deadline is looming? When the team wins, will you share the credit or will you step on others?

Strategic Thinking

When you park poorly, the risk of damage, inconvenience, even a pinched finger, all go up. If you can’t be forward thinking enough to play out basic scenarios, then you won’t be able to strategize the outcome of a brand experience.

If you back into your parking space, you get extra kudos, since you are preparing for future success!

Next time you park your car, be sure to do it right. Even little habits like these can translate into long-term success. And if you have a colleague that consistently parks poorly, I suspect they are not a high performer, and if they are, they may just be a certified A$$hole.

If you pass the parking test, Merit is looking for talented individuals who care about others and the little details that amount to success.


Trevor Stauffer

How Dollar Shave Club Changed Shaving

Dollar Shave Club started selling disposable razor subscriptions in 2012. In a few years’ time, it had catapulted into the realm of the unicorns.


The Process Behind Disruption

Disruption might be the biggest business bandwagon of all time. But ask most people what their idea of disruption is, and they’ll stare at you with a blank look or start rattling off a set of disjointed ideas.

Why Turnaround Specialists Need Market Invention

Turnaround specialists can be called in at all stages of failure, from decreasing working capital to impending bankruptcy. While the work of a turnaround specialist in these situations is irreplaceable, it can be effectively supplemented by incorporating Merit’s Market Invention strategy. This unique partnership turns a rather dire situation into a net positive by implementing change and inventing a new opportunity for a business to not only survive, but to thrive.


Web Design and Market Invention

Web designers are the architects that create the visual elements of the site, the stuff the user sees. Web developers create the functionality that works in the background. When working together, the two disciplines deliver a seamless, clean experience that ignites a buyer’s interest.

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