Hiring staff has always seemed like a crap shoot to me. I have used a lot of the techniques offered in this learning module, and they certainly cut down on the likelihood of choosing the wrong candidate. But, hiring is still my least favorite aspect of being in a management position.
A lot of my distaste for hiring has to do with an inability to predict who is really going to stay in the position long enough to actually learn the job and become able to work autonomously. Sometimes the person who is over or under qualified on paper is a good bet as someone whose credentials seem to be a perfect fit.
I will use the information from this module to help students think about how they will handle questions in an interview about their ability to fill the prospective employer’s needs. Sometimes people looking for a job don’t actually think about the skills and abilities they will need to perform in their career field. So, I think I’ll include some scenario development activities that include mock interviews with employers who ask tough questions.