HR Hartley

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article HR HartleyOn 15 Jun 2004 in Personnel Today Spot the leaders with Blue Peter tasksWinter may have been the season of discontent for Richard of York, but forme it was summer, thanks to graduate recruitment. It was a pain made worse byconducting batteries of pointless tests. Like many HR directors, I had to help devise ways to sort the intellectualwheat from the chaff while recruiting graduates. The state used to help, but now that every other 20-something is armed witha 2:1 or better from the University of Perpetual Debt, the onus is increasinglyon us in HR. This led me down some pretty bizarre paths and proved Blue Peter is amust-watch show for managers involved in graduate recruitment. How so? Well, we tried online assessment tests, followed by psychometrictesting, rounded off with three to five days’ work shadowing. It got us so far,but not far enough, and I was still left with more than twice as many pegs asholes. There had to be a better way. Enter the Blue Peter box of tricks! We forced the wretches to undergo aday’s activities that tested their ability to think creatively and displayleadership qualities. For us, it’s all about shoving them in a room with paper,card, sticks, scissors, milk bottle tops and sticky-back plastic, andinstructed them to build a bridge, a motorway service area or an executive toy.Tracey Emin eat your heart out! You should see some of these youngsters go. Of course it’s filmed, and itdoesn’t take much to spot the thinkers, the leaders, the doers and thefollowers. Take my advice: cut out the fancy assessment tests and go straight to theBlue Peter stage. It really does work. Hartley is an HR director at large last_img

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