Hiring. It’s not an easy thing is it?
You’ve got to get your job advert out there, look at some CVs, choose some people to interview and work out whether they’re up to the job.
And – not to forget – you’ve got to deal with your inbuilt sense of prejudice.
This isn’t a personal attack you understand – prejudice when hiring can affect us all.
I don’t necessarily mean prejudice in an illegal or discriminatory way, but rather the inbuilt biases we all have that make us predisposed to select people based on something other than them being the best candidate for the job.
Having helped our clients with the hiring process in the past, and heard a client genuinely justify a choice of who to hire on the basis that he’ll “be good fun down the pub”, it’s fair to say that it’s an issue that exists, and one that we all have to deal with.
Why is all this important?
I’ve just finished reading “Blink…” by Malcolm Gladwell, and in the book he tells the story of how orchestras have changed over the years: