This Week in Talent (23rd September)

Good morninggggg,

For my vaxxed friends out there – I hope you’ve been picnicking up a storm if you’re in VIC or NSW … or anywhere, for that matter. Picnics rule. Now that the weather is warming up, what better excuse to get outside with nibbles and a drink … non-alcoholic, of course 😉 …

Jody Smith
Jody Smith

I’ve been having lots of discussions with work colleagues recently about candidate assessment tools – what tools to use, when to use them etc. I have lots of ideas for how we can redesign the way we assess candidates to suit the roles we recruit, however the challenge for me is getting hiring managers on board who are used to more traditional assessment methods (aka … a behavioural interview). It’s the old “this is how we’ve always done things” that I face a lot, and it’s something I’m starting to challenge … but it’s not easy.

I’m not a fan of behavioural interviews – I’ve said that before. I hate how uncomfortable they make candidates feel, and how it’s a memory test rather than an assessment of someone’s skills and potential. I’m not saying there isn’t a place for talking about past projects/achievements, but in a different way where we’re not just asking people to “describe a time when” 5 times in a row and answer using the STAR methodology. Yucky.

I was reading this today and thought it had a good take on how we can rethink the questions and tasks we ask candidates to do. I also wrote an article about it a little while back where I interviewed a couple of my friends about different assessment techniques they have used. If you’re still doing old school behavioural interviewing where you “surprise” the candidates with 5 “tell us about a time” questions … it’s time to rethink the whole thing!

Enjoy the rest of your Thursday 🙂

Buckle up, The Great Resignation is heading Australia’s way

Give this cheeky poddie a listen, and learn all about the “Great Resignation”. What is it? Why is it a thing? Who is it affecting? Why should I care? I’ve already started noticing signs that attrition rates are on the rise, so it’s definitely something I’m paying attention to right now.

How much do managers really give a sh*t about “The Great Resignation?”

In contrast to the article above, here’s an interesting take on the “Great Resignation” hype … not sure I wholly agree with everything in here, but it’s always good to learn about different points of view.

The Australians finding unique ways of working during COVID-19 lockdowns

This was such a heart warming read of ways people are adapting to working from home in jobs that traditionally wouldn’t be done from home. I’ve been doing hip hop dancing classes in my garage, and I always wonder how my dance teacher stays so energetic and happy throughout the whole class without people around her (she teaches from her living room). I guess if you’re doing what you love, you make it work either way!

Simon Sinek discusses Employee Experience for the first time

I’ve seen a fair bit of hype about this on LinkedIn, so you may have seen this already but in case you haven’t – get registered!

30 high-paying, fast growing jobs that are set to boom over the next decade

As the title suggests – have a peep here to see what roles are predicted to boom in the next 10 years, and how much the average salary will be (in USD). There’s some surprising ones in this list – truck drivers? I thought truck drivers were being replaced by robots? Sheesh, make up your minds!

Remote Working After Covid-19

I love a Twitter thread – and this one is a goodie. Read a buttload of predictions for the post-Covid working world, and how they might impact you! Which ones have you seen taking place already?

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