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Twitter Thread Details All The BS That Goes On In HR Departments

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    Text - listening to the cure and thinking... @TheWrongNoel A friend of mine has been trying to hire a new employee for her department in a medium-sized org. After advertising several times with few applicants, and a couple of rounds of interviews, the new employee is less than great. Then she discovered there were other applicants..
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    Text - listening to the cure and thinking... @TheWrongNoel Among them was someone she knows personally, who has a spot- on CV, loads of experience, lives locally and would be the perfect person for the job. So she goes to HR to ask why that application was never sent through to her dept. The answer- she didn't score well.
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    Text - listening to the cure and thinking... @TheWrongNoel Score well on what? It turns out the HR dept adopted screening software that asks a bunch of random questions that applicants must answer quickly, the results of which determine a suitability score. Only those deemed suitable are sent through to the department for interview.
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    Text - listening to the cure and thinking... @TheWrongNoel The test supposedly shows with a high degree of scientific accuracy whether an applicant is suitable, giving scores for self-confidence, caring nature, respect for authority etc.
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    Text - listening to the cure and thinking... @TheWrongNoel So regardless of someone's qualifications and experience, if they don't pass the personality test, their application doesn't even make it past HR. So friend sat down with the my dept head and took the test. She scored 1 star.
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    Text - listening to the cure and thinking... @TheWrongNoel She has worked there for more than 10 years and is quite senior in the department. She has been recognised with internal and external awards for her work. But she wouldn't even get an interview for a junior casual spot in her dept because she failed a personality test.
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    Text - listening to the cure and thinking... @TheWrongNoel The HR dept insist their system is highly accurate and they wil not pass on any applications from people who don't pass the test. So now the entire department, along with a few senior members of other departments are all taking the test, and coming up with some very poor scores
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    Text - listening to the cure and thinking... @TheWrongNoel So if you're wondering why you never got an interview for that job you *know* you would be perfect for - it might be because recruiters basically slaves to shitty software.
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    Text - listening to the cure and thinking... @TheWrongNoel There *might* be some systems out there that are actually good at this, but I doubt it. It's basically reading tealeaves or the entrails of a sacrificed goat. People's careers are being derailed by HR astrology. It's clearly not ideal for the orgs that need good people either.
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    Text - listening to the cure and thinking... @TheWrongNoel Likewise, if you're wondering why you can't find the right people for that crucial position, it might be because Gwyneth in HR is excluding people using repurposed love quizzes from 1980s magazines
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    Text - Justin Brash @just brash Replying to @TheWrongNoel I used to think to work in Human Resources you'd have to be good with people. Experience has consistently proved me wrong. HR people tend to be sociopaths.
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    Text - MrDrem @MrDrem Replying to @just brash and @TheWrongNoel Human Resources function is to protect the company, not improve things for staff.

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