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Steeplechase For The Mind

Pop psychology lends many cruel twists to the business of hiring

Steeplechase For The Mind
Steeplechase For The Mind
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They do to the mind what the marathon would do to the body. And endurance through them lands one with a plum job. But job-applicants wonder whether they deserve to go through the harrowing series of tests which companies have devised to achieve greater objectivity in their recruitment process. Complains a marketing executive while recalling the hiring process at Nokia Telecommunications: "The last time I went through something as gruelling was the common admission test for the IIMs. Do the six years of work experience I have mean nothing?"

Fresh MBAs or seasoned executives, all are subjected to exacting tests which have suddenly become the norm in corporate recruitments. The obstacle race could consist of some or all of the following: psychometric tests for charting personality traits, written tests for gauging logical and analytical abilities, simulations such as making presentations to clients, and group discussions. These, in addition to the conventional two to three rounds of interviews.

Consider the tall order at Nokia. A short-listed candidate, besides the...

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