I don't really believe in reincarnation, but if I did, I'd want to come back as an HR manager in my next life.
Here's the new norm for screening applicants in the 21st century: Have a website created for you where multiple questions are asked about the aspiring candidate, include a section where the candidate's carefully crafted cover letter and resume are requested to be uploaded, then create a routine where the candidate's answers are compared against a tight list of specific checks for degrees or certifications, then completely ignore the candidate's lifetime of experience if one check mark hasn't been satisfied.
I mean, why bother actually reading about someone's talents, history and success when checking 20 questions for a single deficiency will do? Mission accomplished! I didn't hire anybody competent, but I eliminated over 100 people in one day!
And then, you get to issue a canned reply back to the candidate telling them they didn't meet your qualifications, without ever having to explain why they didn't meet some unknown requirement. In short, you never have to justify your decisions - ever.
And then if the applicant IS lucky enough to get past the first gate, they're given a "test" created by someone who has never had hiring authority in their lifetime, asking questions about the candidate's suitability for the position. Get one question wrong (the old check mark game all over again), and you get that canned reply in your mail box, again with no explanation as to how or why you failed their "test".
Look, I understand there are hundreds of submissions online for open positions in this type of economy, but the laziness exhibited by these HR "professionals" is simply astounding. So you might have to read through dozens of resumes - THAT'S YOUR JOB! It's especially important when hiring someone to manage a process or team. Degrees or certifications in a particular field don't mean a thing when hiring someone to lead others - leadership and management ability does. A good leader can lead a store, restaurant, team or project without being the expert at the product; they just have to be a good leader or manager of the people creating that product.
And you can't get that kind of information from a checklist.
But it sure makes for an easy job in the 21st century.
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