Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Inc. Magazine article

Dr. Michael Harris, over at EASI Blog in his blog post here here brings our attention to the August issue of Inc Magazine and their focus on hiring.

I gotta say, these are some of the best mass-media articles I've seen on hiring. It looks like they actually did their homework--e.g., they caution use of the Myers-Briggs and recommend some very well-researched tests, such as the Watson-Glaser, Wonderlic, NEO, and HPI.

In addition, they raise some wonderfully refreshingly old ideas about good selection, including using structured interviewing (gasp!), standardized testing (eek!), and simulation/performance/work sample tests (horrors!). Those of you that believe good selection should occur in under 30 minutes may need to take a deep breath before reading. They suggest that spending 4 weeks on assessment is worth it.

Listen, folks, the reality is there is a direct relationship between the amount of time you spend planning and undergoing selection and the job performance of the person you hire. There are no shortcuts, at least none that I've seen--if you find a shortcut, let me know and we'll make millions. (And please don't say self-rating T&Es)

Nice to see sensible articles written about selection, and thanks to Michael for drawing our attention to it.

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