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Teachable Moments By A HR Professional by Anjinsan: 1:27am On Oct 17, 2023
It was an interview session.

Three among the final four shortlisted candidates were through with the interview.

Based on the score sheets, the MD was adviced. His instinct also agreed with what HR had on paper.

He made up his mind to go with Candidate B.

The last person to be interviewed, a man whose CV showed he was in his mid 40s, for the young hippie culture of the organization, no one gave him a chance. Just wanted to interview him for formality.

He came in.

First impression, among the candidates he was the only one who dressed formally. He had a tie. For the role in question - Accountant - a tie wasn't out of place.

Though his white shirt looked faded, the tie seemed to compensate for it.

Next, when he started answering the interview questions. His answers were precise, more intelligent, and straight to the point.

He rarely paused for long, or was fidgety before giving an answer. This was a clear indication of his sharp, intelligent mind.

Then his eyes, ah those eyes, full of life. Very alert. Sharper than the other young candidates.

When quizzed to guage his I.T. proficiency, he demonstrated he was up to date (knowledge wise) with the latest in the I.T. world. As the company was I.T. savvy.

The one that blew us apart was his answers to the questions that was meant to test for creativity, innovation, and intrapreneurship. He wowed us, citing instances, where he has displayed such in the business of employers.

And when probed further, his answers held, showing he didn't manufacture the answers.

Well, when the interview panel was alone, we took an aggregate of his scores. He scored 5% higher than the best candidate we had in mind.

The MD's intuition?

He wanted him on board also. In fact he said the company will benefit with an older person. Not just an older person, with an older person who had something upstairs, something to offer.

His agility, and intelligence made us forget about his age.

The M.D. was excited for HR to offer him the job.

Re: Teachable Moments By A HR Professional by Anjinsan: 5:22pm On Nov 21, 2023
Some tips to help you relax during your next Interview:

1) Forget it's an interview, see it as business meeting.

2) Prepare by researching likely questions, and practice aloud these questions.

3) Know that the interviewer is eager to higher a candidate. View yourself as that candidate.

4) During the interview, smile. It will help you stay calm.
Re: Teachable Moments By A HR Professional by Anjinsan: 5:23pm On Nov 21, 2023
What's usually the first and must asked question during an interview:

"Tell us about yourself?"

How you start this question matters a lot. You start it on shaky ground it's likely to affect your rating before the interviewer(s).

It isn't fair, yes I know, but you know: First impression matters a lot.

To nail this question:

1) Research on how best to answer this question.

2) Write down your best answer to this question.

3) Practice this answer aloud severally, till you can fluently express it even under pressure.
Re: Teachable Moments By A HR Professional by Anjinsan: 2:45pm On Dec 04, 2023
The Human Resource profession, has witnessed four formative stages since its inception.

Three of these have progressed through conception, growth, and stability. The fourth is yet to stabilize.

These four stages that have made the Human resource profession what it is today are:

1) Administrative

2) HR Practices

3) Strategic HR

4) HR Outside-In

These four stages overlap. Each succeeding stage rests on the back of the previous ones.

Stage 1 - Administrative:
This is the administrative, routine, often perfunctory aspect of HR.

Administrative aspects such as terms and conditions of employment, delivery of HR services, and regulatory compliance. This administrative aspect is basically transactional: Recruitment, payroll, pension administration, HMO, attendance, etc. It’s a daily to do aspect of the HR Profession.

Stage 2 - HR practices:
This is the beginning of innovation in HR. At this stage, HR profession is differentiated from basic administration. It brings its own unique approach to sourcing, rewards and compensation, learning, communication, and so forth.

These practices also interact with one another to provide a consistent approach to HR. HR effectiveness in stage 2 derives from innovating and integrating HR practices.

Stage 3 - Strategic HR:
At this stage, the HR profession sees itself as a strategic business partner. The HR professional who has attained this level has an eye on business big picture. Every decision, practice of HR in a business must align with the cooperate strategies of the business. It must support the company’s big picture.

To be effective at the stage, the HR professional must be able to recognize patterns and connections.

Stage 4 - HR Outside-In:
At this stage the HR Profession, takes into account how outside forces affects the business. Furthermore, when, where, and how the HR should respond to these external forces.

Once this fourth stage is activated, the HR professional must work backwards.

With questions such as these to enable him navigate:

What are the outside forces that can affect this business? (Stage 4)

What HR strategies can align with corporate strategies to enable the business thrive amidst this outside forces? (Stage 3)

What HR innovations should we cultivate and execute in our approach to HR policies, procedures and practices, to contribute to an effective HR strategy? (Stage 2)

How do we ensure that HR basics still function efficiently? (Stage 1).

(Reference: The Rise of HR. Wisdom from 73 thought leaders.)

Re: Teachable Moments By A HR Professional by Anjinsan: 9:35pm On Dec 17, 2023
The three members on the interview panel at their respective locations, nodded their heads, impressed with the answers of the candidate.

His answers were concise, contained all they wanted to hear.

It was time to test for Emotional Self Control (E.S.C.)

His was a managerial role.

Not just that, the company was also undergoing a lot of changes.
Changes which was bound to cause tension here and there.

The role, especially at this time, needed a team lead, who can be firm, yet calm.

Someone who can exercise calm-confidence.

The candidate passed the first E.S.C. test excellently.

The second, from his tone, words, and body language, he was on edge.

At the third test, he has had enough, he lost it. When he realized himself, he apologized.

Of course he was forgiven, nothing personal, it was an interview.

Although he scored higher on other interview questions, failing the Emotional Self Control test, cost him the next stage of the screening process.

Do have a Productive Week!


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