Hiring Wisdom: Who Designed Your Hiring System?

I was appalled when I reviewed a new client’s hiring system.

It turns out that it was designed by their legal department. While it went to extremes to ensure no illegal questions were asked, not one thing about it helped its users make good hiring decisions.

The upshot, of course, is that while this employer is unlikely to be sued for discrimination in the hiring process, they are by far more likely to be sued for the misdoings of an substandard employee (an unreliable or unsafe worker who never should have been hired in the first place).

Here’s the kicker:

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There’s no reason to ask about race, religion, marital status, and age anyway. What needs to be asked are questions like: “How many times were you absent from work last year for reasons other than personal illness?” “Do you have reliable transportation?” “What did you think of your last employer’s safety policies and procedures?”

This was originally published on Mel Kleiman’s Humetrics blog.

Mel Kleiman, CSP, is an internationally-known authority on recruiting, selecting, and hiring hourly employees. He has been the president of Humetrics since 1976 and has over 30 years of practical experience, research, consulting and professional speaking work to his credit. Contact him at mkleiman@humetrics.com.


1 Comment on “Hiring Wisdom: Who Designed Your Hiring System?

  1. Let’s describe advantages and disadvantages of different forms of work of designers

    1. A full-time worker
    – Advantages:
    • It is easy to plan the time and to follow deadlines
    • It is easy to make urgent corrections
    • Possibility to participate in tenders
    • Loyalty to a company

    – Disadvantages:
    • Salaried work
    • Emotional burn-out
    • It is hard to find a good specialist in small regions
    • Training if a specialist
    • Employee turnover

    2. A freelancer
    – Advantages:
    • Salary for each project
    • Anticipated revenue
    • Various style
    • Huge base of specialists

    – Disadvantages:
    • Failure of deadlines
    • High wage for freelance workers
    • Paid improvements
    • Absence of loyalty to a company
    • An extra specialist is needed

    3. Home office specialist
    – Advantages
    • The same as a designer in a company
    • Loyalty to a company
    • Makes urgent corrections if needed
    • Salaried and paid for each project
    • The time of work is planned
    • Deadlines are followed
    • No expenses on software or equipment

    – Disadvantages
    • Emotional burn-out
    • Schedule which is not convenient for a company
    • It is impossible to monitor the time of work except using of a time tracker

    As you can see, there are different advantages and disadvantages of working with different types of designers. But, still, there are more advantages of working with home office specialists and there are less disadvantages of working with them. Moreover, if a time tracker will be used, the problem of loss of control is solving. So, the third type of work of a designer is the best.

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