RE: Evaluating Candidates Using Tests, Logic Questions, and Simil ar

Subject: RE: Evaluating Candidates Using Tests, Logic Questions, and Simil ar
From: mlist -at- safenet-inc -dot- com
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Date: Fri, 17 Nov 2006 16:32:28 -0500

Dori Green [mailto:dgreen -at- associatedbrands -dot- com]
If they have
> never heard of
> "Emotional Quotient" I don't necessarily hold that against
> them but do sort
> of wonder where they've been hiding for the past ten or
> fifteen years and
> how much interest they have in self-development of people skills.

Maybe they just haven't been interested in that kind of stuff.
There's only so much room in a person's day and in their
head for pursuing interests and flights of fancy. Even
for someone with curiosity about darn near everything,
like me has to pick and choose on some basis. I continue
to know nothing useful about macramé... (of course, if I
knew a _lot_ about macrame I might still know nothing useful
about it...)

If you were running a sports team, would you turn away
a natural athlete just because s/he wasn't a wiz in
theoretical kinesiology?

> If an EQ quiz is too "touchee feelee" for them, they probably
> would not be
> applying at my not-for-profit Center for Sustainable
> Alternatives in the
> first place -- but one never knows.

The two best sales reps I ever met never opened a book about
sales training and improving one's technique. Many mediocre
sales reps spend an inordinate amount of time reading self-help
for sales people books, rehearsing techniques, and yet never
getting discernibly better.

> When I started my job here I did EQ
> quizzes with a few of my co-workers and they provided the
> springboard for
> some discussions that helped us to bond very quickly.

About once a year or so, somebody around here
revives that personality-typing stuff, and there's
a flurry of conversation and of getting the newbies
to take one of the on-line tests, and it turns
out that I'm still an INTJ or an INTP (depends on
day of the week and time of the month (and I'm a guy)),
and that our shop is a mix of types, even though there
are more engineers and s/w developers per square foot
than in society at large.

Then, everybody forgets about it for another year.
Even the people who naturally get all enthusiastic
about that sort of thing ... forget about it... as
they admit when asked during the next cycle. That is,
they don't 'put to work what they have learned about
their co-workers and themselves'.

This year, it's not due for another few months. I
think the political-spectrum chat will come around
first -- you know... they say left and they say right
and I say you don't hold with that outdated stuff,
do you... how last century of you. :-)

But EQ ? The spectrum from lidless sociopath to
gushing heart-on-sleever? We haven't added that
to our entertainments. Yet.

Kevin (who gets all misty-eyed when Bambi's mom dies)

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