Originally posted by: eswnl
I went to a graduate assessment centre for Astrium and the whole hiring process was handed over to HR who made us do all these tests which bear no connection to the actual job. What was the point? Does HR think they are being clever?
HR are just acting under instruction of the management.
I get fed up with this "X factor type recruitment" and people who focus too much on outward behavior rather than the abilities of the person.
Society goes through phases and crazes, and unfortunately, at the present moment in time these X factor type recruitment procedures are in fashion. Corporate bosses often make their decisions based on what their competitors are doing or from material published in HR magazines. As long as the bosses get the people that they want then they will be happy to continuing to use such recruitment procedures. When the employees underperform academically or technically then the bosses will probably blame the schools and universities for dumbing down their courses before bringing their recruitment procedure under scrutiny for rejecting applicants with high levels of technical skills in favour of clones of Tony Blair or Richard Branson.
Originally posted by: simongallagher
For things like graduate recruitment, it is important that the candidates have the social, leadership and teamworking skills, or have the ability to build them.
If this is true then it is a very bad decision at such a stage in life. Universities teach academic subjects, not soft skills, which means that many graduates have never had the opportunity to properly develop skills in things like leadership or teamworking unless they have previously been involved in things like political activism.
People develop different skills at different rates and at different times in their lives. Whilst some 22 year olds already exhibit talents in leadership or diplomacy, others don't effectively fine hone these skills until they reach middle age. I'm personally doubtful whether these X factor type recruitment activities actually tell an employer anything useful as they generally very unrealistic of real world working conditions and true expectations of the employee.
A recruitment procedure for people fresh out of academic education that is heavily biased towards soft skills actually makes a mockery of initiatives to encourage youngsters to put more effort into studying academic and STEM type subjects. If soft skills and social skills matter so much at recruitment time then surely it would be a more logical decision that more time and effort is devoted to teaching them at school and university rather than trying to change the GCSE ICT course towards one based on hard computer science.
You might not be aware of this, but an increasing number of parents are choosing home education because they believe that school is too academic and fails to effectively teach children soft skills and social skills required for employment and life as an adult.
I was told a while ago at an assesment event 'we can teach you the technical stuff, but not how to get on with people', and I now agree with this.
I find this quite distressing because effective career development involves training in both technical matters, and in business and interpersonal matters. A bank I used to work for offered staff training courses in customer service and telephone skills as well as technical matters about financial products. Therefore it is a complete nonsense that companies are unable to train people in soft skills.
People are always very quick to blame HR...
I myself blame the management.