Experience versus Enthusiasm

“When you must choose between experience and enthusiasm, choose enthusiasm.” Unknown Of course, one has to be careful not to allured by enthusiasm alone. Advertisements

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The Assessment Process & The Illusion of Validity

When assessing candidates for their potential to be officers in the Israeli Defence Forces, Daniel Kahneman (2011) coined the phrase ‘the illusion of validity’, which he states was his first cognitive fallacy. Daniel states: “I coined the term “illusion of validity” because the confidence we had in judgments about individual soldiers was not affected by… Read More

British Army Recruitment & Temperamental Unsuitability

Research Paper Title Issues In Temperamental Unsuitability Re-Examining Concepts And Current Practice In The British Army. Abstract Currently, in the UK military, and particularly in the Army, a significant number of personnel are regularly discharged on the grounds of being assessed as “Temperamentally Unsuitable (TU) for military duties”, under Queen’s Regulations (QRs): (Army) 9.414 and 9.434 (1). In the last two years (2001-2003), preliminary… Read More

Development of Web-Based Assessment for Tri-Service Selection (from 2001)

Research Paper Title The Development of Web-Based Assessment for Tri-Service Selection: A Series of Questions? Abstract From work funded by the UKs Ministry of Defence (MOD), Corporate Research Programme, the researchers have reached the stage of examining the Internet as a means of selection for the Armed Forces. Previous work has looked at computer-based testing, adaptive testing and… Read More

Time To End Gurkha Recruitment in the British Army?

This is the headline for an article written by Roshan Kissoon on the Dissident Voice website. I came across this article whilst conducting some research on Gurhka recruitment and selection for a future webpage, and it makes interesting reading (I do understand what the writer is getting at, regardless of whether I agree or disagree… Read More

Personnel Selection & Social Networking Websites: Recruiters & Applicants have Different Perspectives

Research Paper Title Social Networking Websites in Personnel Selection: A Signaling Perspective on Recruiters’ and Applicants’ Perceptions. Background Industry surveys and media reports suggested that recruiters increasingly used social networking websites (SNWs) in the selection process, but corresponding scientific research is still limited. Methods Using signaling theory, the researchers examined SNWs as a new way… Read More

Interviews: Yes, They Really Did Ask That…

Although most interviewers during the recruitment process will ask relevant and appropriate questions, not everyone is so enlightened according the CIPDs People Management magazine (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development). “A new list of the most shocking questions in recent UK graduate interviews, compiled by lawyers Thomas Mansfield, takes us back to the heyday of… Read More