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Subject:RE: The OTHER Test From:"Giordano, Connie" <Connie -dot- Giordano -at- FMR -dot- COM> To:"'Annamaria Profit'" <inteltek -at- erols -dot- com>, TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com> Date:Wed, 18 Oct 2000 16:53:58 -0400
I vehemently disagree! In the information age, it is so easy for some other
entity, known or unknown to you, to make a nightmare of your financial
situation, so as to make a credit history check almost invalid. Add to that
the abysmal reputation the credit history companies have for making mistakes
and failing to rectify errors, and it's a long road back. Such problems are
increasingly common as your personal life becomes electronically available
to larger and larger degrees. It doesn't make you a sociopathic or
psychopathic, and it doesn't even make you a failure in navigating the
various environments you describe.
Writing tests that attempt to reflect the real world aren't perfect, but
they are a better way of weeding out undesirables from your list of TW
candidates than a bad credit report and no opportunity to provide an
explanation. Relying on any single item during the qualifying and hiring
process is a sure guarantee that you'll eventually miss the best candidate
or hire the worst.
From: Annamaria Profit [mailto:inteltek -at- erols -dot- com]
Sent: Wednesday, October 18, 2000 4:14 PM
Subject: Re: The OTHER Test
Mgmt types would argue that it's a judgement issue. They want employees
who can successfully navigate the corporation's political, corporate,
ethical, and social environments. Failures to successsfully navigate
similar outside environments points to a basic character flaw or worse,
a socio- or psychopathic personality. And the overriding rule for
corporate employees is "fit in".