I'm reading Seth Godin's blog about the hiring process. Honestly, I think he's a great mind, but I rarely read his blog...Why? Because everyone else is. I always know that I'll see something he's written on someone else's blog....that's freaking awesome.
Anyway, this particular post caught my eye on the RSS. Recently, I've been going through this mundane process. Headhunters and HR people, as a whole, are funny people. If you don't fit exactly into a the 'round hole' then they have trouble finding a place for you. In my opinion, it's a 'cog' job as Seth calls it. I'm interviewing for 'insight and creativity' jobs.
It's an interesting read for the most part but one thing he said seems obvious. He asks the questions, "If you’re hiring for the first kind of job, exactly why are you sitting a nervous candidate down in your office and asking her to put on some sort of demonstration in her ability to interact with strangers under pressure? Why do you care what his suit looks like or whether or not he can look you in the eye?" He then proceeds to blame it on Harvard and the trickle down effect on college...no worries there. The reason that the 'clogs' have to wear suits and put on the 'show' is the same reason I have to take the damn LSAT (law school), GMAT (B-school) or whatever other dumb test exists. It's a weed out process.
Ok, I'm supposed to be studying for the GMAT...gotta go...later.