Happy New Year everybody! Can you believe it’s 2018? This year, our resolution is to innovate! We want to find new and better ways to do what we do every day. We can’t do things the same old ways and expect different results.
Peter Drucker said, “if you want something new, you have to stop doing something old.” When I read this quote, I thought of the article “The Way We Hire People is Totally Insane” on the website 42hire.com.
In the article, it is mentioned that the hiring methods of today were created for the economy and employment environment of many decades ago.
Indicators such as GPA, Degrees/Certifications held, and Years of Experience say little regarding accomplishments or performance.
Further, Interviewing Ability, Cover Letters, and Resumes don’t actually reflect workplace performance.
The article states that this is essentially reasoning by analogy.
We see these sorts of challenges at Mind Shift. Individuals on the autism spectrum often have difficulty with interviewing and resume writing because of the social challenges that come with the disability. And we find indicators such as degrees and years of experience at an organization don’t always reflect the inherent ability of an individual, or how successful they will be in the workplace.
But if our hiring methods are antiquated, how do we move forward? The article makes a few suggestions. The best might be to spend “the time to identify what assumptions you are making about someone who possesses the required indicators, and making those assumptions more transparent and explicit.” This act of reflection and communication could change the way we think about traditional ideas and methods, along with how we look at recruits and potential hires, which might lead to real innovation.
As William Pollard said, “The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be sufficient for tomorrow.”
Below is the link to the article: