May 29, 2012, 04:13PM
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How can we equip young people with the skills, information and opportunities to succeed in the world of work?
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Mission #3 The Employer’s Perspective Find out more...
Judge by Character, Not Skill (and ehm,.. forget background)Skill can be taught, but character is what makes people strive and succeed. Creating a recruitment tool to sort people based on the business character.
For example, our purchasing manager today started as a dishwasher. Looking back to his background, we could have rejected him for being such a trouble maker and has a lot of bad records when he was in high school. But knowing that all he wanted was a fresh start, we were convinced that he was willing to learn and work hard. After ten years working with us, I am happy to say that he has been the best supporter for the business.
Hiring people with less fortunate background, no experience but with a good character and has an eagerness to learn and work hard, became a common decision for us. Recently we develop a questioner for the recruitment system that could show us how that person fits well to our business character. This proven works well since those working with us are basically has a same basic character and happy to be surrounded with those alike. This also creates less friction among the staff (I found out recently, fiuhh...).
Looking back on how we were hiring people, all I can say that I am glad we were not doing it the old way.