RE: On-the-spot writing test during a job interview?

Subject: RE: On-the-spot writing test during a job interview?
From: Kathleen Kuvinka <kkuvinka -at- epicor -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 15 Nov 1999 11:48:40 -0800

I'm inclined to think that if I don't believe in the worth of writing tests
that I probably don't want to work for the type of company that gives them.
If I like to dress casually, I probably don't want to work at a place with a
dress code. Sure, there are "too many unmeasurable characteristics", but
that is all the more reason why employers need to draw the line somewhere.
Certainly if the company is worth working for, they won't judge completely
on the written test. Regardless, the prospective employer can do anything it
legally wants to. Why should they care if we think it's fair or not?


> -----Original Message-----
>
> The bottom line is that the more we try to measure performance
> statistically, the less we are able to assess the true worth of an
> individual. There are too many unmeasurable characteristics
> that go into the
> mix of a successful employee -- the atmosphere of the company
> (structured
> and rigid, or open, supportive, and friendly), the degree to
> which a company
> is willing to let an individual fail and learn from it, how
> creative is the
> individual, how willing is the company to trust the creativity of the
> individual, how personally organized is the individual as
> well as how well
> can he or she organize material, how willing is the individual to ask
> questions and seek out answers, etc. How do you measure the
> intangible with
> a written test?





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