Performance : Attributes vs Skills

Performance : Attributes vs Skills

“Names and attributes must be accommodated to the essence of things and not the essence to the names, since things come first and names afterwards.” – Galileo Galilei

In one of the landmark study, involving more than 20,000 new hires and 1,400 HR Executives to determine why new hires fail, Leadership IQ discovered that 89% of hiring failures stem from attitudinal issues and not a candidate’s lack of skill. And what’s the most common interview question asked by the hiring managers at any company? It’s “Tell me about yourself”. Does it reveal anything substantive about a candidate’s attitude? Definitely not, as most of the candidates have a canned answer ready. And since all those canned vacuous answers sound basically the same, it’s nearly impossible to differentiate great and terrible candidates based on those answers.

What’s the issue?

In recruitment we wish to select the best. And the interview questions should help us to differentiate between high and low...

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Dr. A Jagan Mohan Reddy

Professor (HR) at Visiting Faculty

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