New Metaphors on Employee Selection

New Metaphors on Employee Selection

I feel sometimes that the selection of employees is like selecting a watermelon, or some other fruits. You shall only be quite sure of the quality of a watermelon by cutting it, making sure its seeds is black and that it is red. We run many times into assuming that we selected the right watermelon only to be disappointed that it is white and non-tasty from inside.

The selection of employees and of friends are not different for we run into many disappointments upon finding out what looked promising from outside turned into displeasure. We may improve our guessing of the quality of watermelon by properly examining its outside. A mature watermelon will have a yellow spot where it was sitting. This is because this part didn't have the opportunity of exposure to direct sunlight. We may that some candidates may have a "yellow spot" because they were not exposed to the cameras. They were dimmed from exposure; in fact such "spots" may be indicative of hidden strengths and qualities. This yellow spot may not in effect reflect a "yellow" person.

The outside of a watermelon should protect it from major bruises. That is a main job. A candidate employee might have suffered from minor bruises, but his "skin" should be devoid of major ones. The bruises are mostly intangible. Check for major and repeated complaints, and their pattern of repetition. A watermelon with major bruises should not be picked. Candidates with deep wounds and bleeding memories may be not suitable for "picking up".

A good watermelon is uniform in shape. Uniformity is quality. Look for the "shape" of employees and how uniform they are. In particular consider how they shape up not their bodies; more importantly their thinking authenticity. You don't want candidates who flow with the ideas of the interviewers and their opinions take the shape the vessel they fill. You need employees who fill their vessel with solid thinking and not fluid thinking just to fill the vessels of others.

The paradox here is that watermelons are essentially water (92%). They are fluid from inside. If the outside isn't uniform, firm and has the right colors then the inside fluid is not of value. Human are also mostly water. If the outside of the human is bruised, of the wrong attitudes and high susceptibility to bruises then the inside might not be safe to deal with.


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Human are also mostly water. If the outside of the human is bruised, of the wrong attitudes and high susceptibility to bruises then the inside might not be safe to deal with.
Ali ANani, PhD


#22 Yes, failure to fit with the culture is not easily corrected my dear @Jean L. Serio, CPC, CMC

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Your post suggests, in an oblique way, @Ali Anani, having an intern program. It would be easier to eliminate those who don't actually fit the job; on the other hand to move forward with those who are capable and fit into the company culture.

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Anees Zaidi 3/7/2016 · #21

Thank you brother @Ali Anani. I will go right away to enjoy @Sara Jacobovici post.

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#19 Love your response dear @Anees Zaidi. This is the kind of response that enriches us ALL. I have to refer here to the buzz which @Sara Jacobovici published almost one hour ago. She mentions you in it Just read my friend and enjoy. This buzz shows us that we may grow beyond boundaries.

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Anees Zaidi 3/7/2016 · #19

#16 Dear brother @Ali Anani at times over enthusiasm is at risk of being a fake one. It is the fine dust they put on their bruised skin to make it shiny and smooth.

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#17 Thank you dear @debasish majumder. I agree fully. However; I focused on before selecting phase and you focused on post-selecting phase. That is worthy of a separate post my friend.

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debasish majumder 3/7/2016 · #17

This is a unique post sir Dr. @Ali Anani. Your metaphor is intriguing too! but i am eager to know sir, after cutting the fruit and if the consequence is favorable, will we be restrain ourselves to be satiated with a slice or the proportion of requirement could be deduced properly? will greed may not influence us, resulting to go for wasting the material? will we not manifest our wasteful trait? however, lovely post sir. thank you for sharing the post.

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#14 Dear brother @Anees Zaidi- I responded to the splendid comment of @Praveen Raj Gullepalli. On LI, and one reason I left, is that somebody wrote huge number of buzzes on putting people first. He summoned so much support. For me and before it was too late I started warning people and publicly announced my withdrawal. Quite few bought shares and their money evaporated. They had video interviews with the guy, they inspected his referrals and to end up losing their money. I have had no direct contact with him whatsoever, but sensed from the skinny writing something was wrong. That is all I can say now my friend.

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