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For recruiters: don't go back to the old days

09 Aug 2007

For recruiters: don't go back to the old days Recruiters should not to return to 1970s style short-cut selection techniques, an expert has warned.

Jonathan Fitchew, managing director of Pareto Law said told Recruiter Magazine that discarding assessment days and returning to the one-hour interview format was likely to deliver unsuitable candidates.

He explained that it was important for firms to be as discriminating and yet open minded as possible, given the surge in the number of graduates.

He said: "The graduate recruitment sector has become far more scientific with competency-based selection techniques and the extensive use of assessment centres in place of the simple one-to-one interview.

"I am alarmed to see companies trying to convince employers that they can get the same result from a fireside chat as we can from a three stage selection process and a gruelling day of group exercises, psychometrics and presentations.

"It just doesn't square with the knowledge that has been gained over the last 20 years."

He added that an old style short fire interview process would could lead to a return to a 'jobs for the boys' pattern, in which recruiters only hire those who appear to be like them at interview.

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