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Tue Mar 8 18:24:58 EST 2005
At 15:11 8/03/2005 +1000, Ann Moffatt wrote:
>"as someone who frequently looks at a lot of resumes I can tell you age
>isnt an issue compared to dull and undiferentiate boring resumes.'
>and, sitting on several selection committees i can tell you that bias of
>all sorts is alive and well.
I'm amazed at how often I'm asked what can be done to bias or influence the
personnel decision we make here each week.
>only a couple of weeks ago when interviewing a guy for his own it job that
>he'd done very well, someone on the selection committee suggested we
>shouldn't re appoint him cos he's 62!! i asked again whether there was
>any prob AT ALL with the way he was performing his job cos i'd heard
>nothing but good reports. i was told 'no probs, its just that i like X
>better'. X being a wet behind the ears smartie pants with a sycophantic
>attitude, no quals but a big marketing oriented smile.
Yep. One of the reasons we have a structured selection process. It's not
about what we think, it's about what meets the criteria.
>i asked why the guy thought X was better than a solid performer with 25 yr
>career & a maths first degree plus a recent masters in ict. i was told it
>was cos X wore a suit to the interview!!!
>i ALMOST gave up.
I'd have walked out.
>the incumbent was reappointed. had i not been there the panel (all with no
>ict experience at all) would undoubtedly have appointed X & put the good
>guy on the scrap heap!!
So damn typical. What was the gender balance?
>i could tell similar tales about rejecting 'women' cos the panel thinks
>they can't handle politics & indians cos "we don't want that sort here cos
>they'll bring their relatives in & we'll be overrun!!"
<smile> We're 94% women around here, I'm one of only THREE males on the
regular teams. It gets pretty interesting at times :)
But I have Veto, so everyone behaves, sometimes too much :)
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