Managers fail selection test

first_imgManagers fail selection testOn 1 Jul 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Latest findings on how selection interviews are conducted suggest a traininggap among line managers.  Margaret Kubiceksurveys opinion on how best to sharpen their skillsA surprising number of managers are eschewing structure in favour of acasual approach to interviewing, according to the Recruitment Confidence Indexconducted by Cranfield School of Management in conjunction with Personnel Todayand the Daily Telegraph. Although four in 10 organisations rated the quality of interviewing in theircompany as high, nearly five in 10 employers said their interviewing was ofreasonable quality or below. One in five firms still base their selectiondecisions on gut reaction, and a mere 16 per cent provide regular formaltraining in interviewing techniques. We ask readers what role training can play in getting line managers’interviewing techniques up to scratch with their HR colleagues. Graham Jackson Senior manager, group training & development channels, HSBC Our training-for-selection interviewing has evolved into a multi-mediaapproach. The offer comprises CD-Rom, learning guide and intranet-basedprocedure manuals covering the theoretical, process and legislative elements.This is followed by a one-day workshop to enable learners to practice theirinterviewing skills and receive feedback. As with all skills-based training, individuals perform better and are moreconfident if the initial training is followed up on an ongoing basis withsituational coaching and feedback from line managers or mentors. Shaun Tyson Professor of HR management, Cranfield School of Management From the research, we saw a high reliance on intuitive judgement – it’s asthough the person doing the interview is all-seeing, all-believing,all-knowing, when, in fact, nothing could be further from the truth. Typicallywhat you have to do is react very quickly in interview situations, followleads, ask the right questions and not become diverted from seeking theevidence you need to make your decision. Bias and prejudices are inevitable, sothe risk of error is immense. Like any other skill, you need practice and help, even if you are quite agood interviewer. Otherwise you might start to develop bad habits, while notbeing in a position to get feedback. Colin MercerDirector of assessment and development, and chartered occupationalpsychologist, Wickland Westcott There are three things managers always assume they are good at – driving,making love and interviewing. Essentially, it is not a complex process to trainmanagers to interview well. The training should establish what the purpose of the interview is: togather data and get an accurate view of the individual, as well as convey animage of a professional organisation. A kind of introductory process of a dayor two is more than sufficient to get most line managers to a position wherethey can do a good job. I would then look to form a users’ network where they can share views andknowledge and then some kind of refresher – say six months down the line. Introducing them to a structured, step-by-step process is critical, and I’dalso train them in the three kinds of interview: historical, competency-basedand situational. Chris Dunn Talent manager, Marriott Hotels It is very important managers are clear about why they are interviewing, itis about predicting future performance. With less-experienced interviewers,they often know how to ask questions but don’t necessarily know what answersthey are looking for. We have five competencies we look for in all our people: thinking,leadership, drive for results, working with people and implementation. We havea competency framework they follow during interviews as well as offeringtraining and coaching for managers. I make it abundantly clear to everyone thatlegally we must get interviews right, take extensive notes and stick to thecompetencies. Colin RobinsonDevelopment manager, House of Fraser House of Fraser puts a lot of effort into its recruitment practices. In ourstores we train all of our senior management teams to recruit. Thisconcentrates primarily on gathering and assessing behavioural evidence and howto rate it against criteria for the job role. We basically accredit them torecruit. If we are unsure about a manager’s skills, they will recruit with anothermanager until they have proven themselves. We have found our managers haveresponded to this very well because if there is a good feeling about acandidate, then the evidence will help confirm this. Some managers havestruggled to document evidence from the interview or other activities in therecruitment process. Training has overcome this issue. Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Greensburg police investigating multiple break-ins

first_imgGREENSBURG, Ind. — Greensburg police are investigating multiple break-ins at downtown businesses.According to police, the Decatur County Historical Museum and Wickens & Wickens, LLC were broken into last month.An unknown amount of cash was taken from the museum, but police say it does not appear that anything was taken from the law office.Currently, there are no suspects.Police are also urging residents to keep car doors locked, as they have received more than 20 reports of vehicle break-ins over the last 2 months.Authorities say individuals are getting into unlocked cars and looking through them to find money or other valuables.Officials remind residents to keep your car doors locked and to report any suspicious activity immediately.Anyone with information regarding either incident is asked to call the Greensburg Police Department at 663-3131.last_img read more

Football: Takeaways from lifeless loss against Penn State

first_imgDuring their preseason poll, the AP placed the University of Wisconsin football team fourth in the nation. That’s why it was so baffling when they went on to lost to Brigham Young, University of Michigan and Northwestern.Now, after a loss to Penn State University, the AP’s mistake has become clear: They simply misplaced the four. It should have been in the loss column as the Badgers limp to season’s end with a 6-4, 4-3 Big Ten record.Saturday, the Badgers traveled to Beaver Stadium for a pre-supposed matchup of conference stalwarts, that instead has turned to a far less compelling display by game time, as both teams had already garnered three losses and plenty of disappointment.Though the Badgers particularly still had a tangible goal to play for, as they were still in contention for the Big Ten West Title despite trailing Northwestern in the standings by a game.Football: Stagnant offense, injuries lead to 22-10 loss at Penn StateTo keep Big Ten Championship hopes alive, Saturday’s showdown in Happy Valley was a must-win for Wisconsin football. In a Read…Second-string for a reasonThanks to Badgers quarterback Alex Hornibrook’s struggle with a nagging head injury, his backup sophomore Jack Coan received the call for his second start and third game of the season.The original plan for Coan was a redshirt season, as freshman Danny Vanden Boom was called on for mop-up duties, now Coan has reached the three-game threshold and it is up in the air if he will exhaust his eligibility with any play throughout the rest of the year.In the previous two games, despite the deafening cries all season from Hornibrook haters who claimed omnipotent knowledge of Coan’s prowess, we didn’t see much in Coan’s game that could lead to a strong interpretation either way.In his start against Northwestern, he looked adept at points, only to be exposed down the line as the Badgers failed to find any success whatsoever through the air in the final minutes. In limited time against Rutgers he put up a nice 5-7, 64 yard stat line, but still didn’t really yield a judgment.Saturday’s game shifted the Coan-O-Meter into “Uh-oh” mode, as the young gun looked like if Hornibrook tried to play righty.Football: Wisconsin loses nose tackle Olive Sagapolu for remainder of seasonIn what has already been a season replete with adversity, the Wisconsin defense was dealt yet another unfortunate blow Thursday Read…His 9–20, 0 TD-2 INT game looks bad on paper. But it felt worse. He also got sacked six times, which isn’t his fault, but at least on those plays we knew where the ball was going.When Coan threw Saturday we didn’t know if it was going 10 yards wide of his receiver, into the hands of a PSU defensive back or, in the case of a fourth quarter drop by tight end Jake Ferguson, directly through the hands of the receiver.Suffice to say, Coan is not prepared to be a starting quarterback, and will likely quiet the Hornibrook haters for at least a few games.Even Taylor can’t helpIt must be frustrating for sophomore running back Jonathan Taylor when he breaks off a 71-yard touchdown in the first quarter, finishes with 185 yards and a 9.3 yards per game average, yet isn’t able to give his offense even a fighting chance.We often praise the single-faceted nature of the Badger offense, because there is truly something incredible about a team that announces to the whole world its game plan every week for the last thirty years and is still able to execute at a pretty nice clip.But this season has shown that it would be really nice to — I don’t know — have a reliable passing game to take pressure off of the run? Just a thought.Taylor now has 1,548 yards on the season — his second straight year eclipsing the 1,500 yard mark — and moves into eighth place on the Badgers all-time rushing list.ILBs continue to dominateAt times this season, it seems like senior linebacker T.J. Edwards is pouring water into a big bucket with a hole in the bottom. Despite the glaringly apparent short-comings in the Badgers defense, particularly their lack-lusters pass rush and ineffectual secondary play, Edwards — along with fellow inside linebacker staple Ryan Connelly who recorded his perfunctory 10 tackles — has remained excellent.Football: AJ Taylor’s unexpected season as No. 1 receiving optionSo far this season, University of Wisconsin receiver AJ Taylor has accumulated 406 yards and three touchdowns on 24 receptions Read…Saturday’s performance was no different, as the senior notched the second highest tackle total of his career and best of the season with 14. He’s had a double-digit tackle game in three of the Badgers last five games.Though perhaps Edwards had the better game, it was Ryan Connelly who earned my personal envy. He had the luxury — dare I say the privilege (!) — of sacking Penn State quarterback and cover model for smug POS magazine Trace McSorley.Four losses is bad. Four losses is sad. Four losses makes nobody glad.Yet here we are.last_img read more

Surrey pair score Ôspecial’ Mothers and Daughters win

first_img Surrey’s Christine Griffith recovered from a cancer operation to partner her daughter, Charlotte, to a special victory in the annual Mothers and Daughters Tournament at Royal Mid Surrey in Richmond. Christine, a former professional, had made it her goal to compete again in the 27-hole medal foursomes after she had surgery last December. Last year, she and Charlotte, 18, missed out on the title by just one shot. With very little practice, Christine played inspirational golf with her daughter, and the Walton Heath pairing returned a two-over-par 73 in their morning round.  It gave them a five-shot lead over the holders, Elaine and Charlotte Barrow, aged 15, from Brockenhurst Manor, Hampshire. The wind picked up for their remaining nine holes and they felt they had squandered too many shots as they returned a six-over par score. But the other contenders suffered the same frustrations and the Griffiths took the title by a comfortable five shots from their Walton Heath friends, Alison and Nicola Taylor. Afterwards, Charlotte – who plays off three and is the 2011 Surrey girls’ champion  – confessed she was “over-the-moon just to be playing” with her mum. She declared that this special victory with her mother was her greatest achievement since taking up golf at the age of 10. The pair are pictured with their trophies. The handicap prize was won by former England international Tara Watters, who plays off plus-one, and her mother, Mona, who is a 23-handicapper.  They are members at Muswell Hill. Leading final scores 114 Christine & Charlotte Griffith (Walton Heath) 73 41 119  Alison & Nicola Taylor (Walton Heath) 7940 120 Elaine & Charlotte Barrow (Brockenhurst Manor) 78 42 121 Mona & Tara Watters (Muswell Hill) 79 42; Jane & Becky Scott (Alresford ) 82 39 122 Bea & Carly Cummins (Parkstone / Burhill)  79 43 126  Judy Kendall & Vicky MacDonald (Wentworth / Worplesdon) 81 45 128 Elsie Provan & Sarah Saggers (East Herts / Ipswich)  85 43 129 Louella & Lorna Hitchcock (Chigwell) 88 41; Jill Thornhill & Caroline Weeks (Walton Heath) 84&45 130 Laura & Rebecca Webb (East Berkshire) 81 49 132  Sue & Annie Stradling (Worplesdon / The Berkshire) 84 47; Shirley Donald & Kate Rowe (West Sussex) 85&46 133 Priscilla Petch & Sarah Knollys (Sunningdale)  91 42; Vi Dolton & Diane Holt (Basingstoke) 89 44; Karen & Madelaine Kuhler (Walton Heath) 90 43 134 Barbara & Sam Round (Tadmarton Heath / Cotswold Hills) 84 50; Evelyn & Martha Lewis (St. George’s Hill)  88 46; Caroline Keene & Gill Loughrey (Rodway Hill / Wrag Barn) 89 45 135 Linda & Hannah Sneath (Puttenham) 91  44   Image copyright Sally Phips Hornby 23 Apr 2012 Surrey pair score Ôspecial’ Mothers and Daughters win last_img read more