RE: RE: Evaluating Candidates Using Tests, Logic Questions, and S imil ar

Subject: RE: RE: Evaluating Candidates Using Tests, Logic Questions, and S imil ar
From: mlist -at- safenet-inc -dot- com
To: techwr -at- genek -dot- com, mlist -at- safenet-inc -dot- com, techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Mon, 20 Nov 2006 14:27:18 -0500

Well, just so you know...
This was always "Friday afternoon" kinda stuff. Not
formal. Not company mandated. Just a way that some
people used to blow off some steam, get to know other
people, make the insular geeks uncomfortable... you know... :-)

I think that if the company was doing it formally - as in,
the HR bot visits with the sealed envelope and instruction
sheets, etc., etc. - then I would have been in the crowd
sidling toward the exit with my updated resume fresh in

For perspective, these are the people who engage in
cat-herding activities like trying for a consensus on
what we should all do together as company-paid "team-building"
or socializing afternoon - bowling, go-carts, laser-tag...
This year, we're going on successive Fridays as teams
competing to sort food items and stuff hampers at the
local food bank. My team goes this week. :-)


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Gene Kim-Eng [mailto:techwr -at- genek -dot- com] harrumphed:
> Almost every organization that runs these sorts
> of psychobabble tests on their current members
> discovers that there is little or no correlation
> between peoples' test results and what roles they
> play in the organization. In other words, there
> is little or no demonstrable link between scoring
> "well" on any test and actually succeeding at any
> given job.
> In addition to being the unproductive use of time,
> effort and money that you cite, in the absence of
> any real evidence of test/qualification correlation,
> these tests may expose an employer to potential
> discrimination claims by candidates who maintain
> that the tests produce results that are biased
> against members of various protected groups.
> Gene Kim-Eng
> ------- Original Message -------
> On 11/17/2006 9:32 PM wrote:
> Then, everybody forgets about it for another year.

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