As Human Resources professionals, we are taught (and we teach others) to make sure that everything we do is in compliance with rules and regulations. This is especially true in the areas of Recruitment and Selection. We work hard at making sure that there are no appearances of bias in potential candidate considerations. We apply the consistency lens throughout our human resources processes with vigorous tenacity so that we can proceed with confidence in making the best hiring decisions.
Sometimes, however, these approaches cloud the lens and we miss seeing who the best candidate really is.
Regina Hartley, a director of human resources with UPS Information Systems, provides a refreshing approach to seeking, looking at and finding the best candidate in her recent TED talk.
Ms. Hartley definitely provides inspiration to the rest of us – both as Human Resources Professionals and as potential candidates looking for future success in our own careers.
We all have elements of the ‘scrapper’ somewhere in our employment histories. By looking for and celebrating the success of the scrapper, we open the doors to a host of dynamic and talented individuals who might be missed along the way.
Cheers to the scrappers!
- If you had to make a decision to interview the ‘scrapper’ or the ‘silver spoon’ candidate, which one would you pick? Why?
- Identify one element from this video clip that you disagree with and explain why.
- Which candidate profile do you think others see you as? Are you perceived as a scrapper or silver spoon?
- Ms. Hartley refers to ‘Post Traumatic Growth’. What is this and how does it have a positive impact on an individual’s career success?