Join TSR now to have your say on this topicSign up now

Are HR/recruitment departments too dogmatic? Watch

    • Thread Starter

    I find the HR/recruitment departments in medium to large organisations so robotic and dogmatic.

    Rather than finding the right individuals for that organisation and creating a workforce with differing views and ideas, it seems much more about following the latest HR trends and mimicking the recruitment and training techniques of other firms, even if their cultures are wildly different.

    I find the dogmatic adherence to the latest HR techniques particularly irritating, whether it be the latest "psychological"-based online tests or some group exercise conjured up by an academic somewhere who has rarely left the confines of their university.

    I get that HR/recruitment has to evolve, but I find the current approach so lacking in character and creativity and more about box ticking and trendy techniques.

    And before I get the inevitable "rejected much?" - I got through all these techniques, but rather than focussing on why I wanted to work for that organisation and other important considerations, it was about devising technical strategies for getting through the tests and exercises.

    Firms want cost effective recruitment strategies. Things like online tests and assessment centres are a good way for firms that employ a lot of people, to do so cheaply. They need to find a way to reject people on a rational basis without having to waste time and money actually interviewing people.

    Small firms by comparison don't recruit so many people and don't have the budgets/HR departments to invest in recruitment systems. So they will use the old fashioned method of reading CVs and inviting people to interview.
Submit reply
TSR Support Team

We have a brilliant team of more than 60 Support Team members looking after discussions on The Student Room, helping to make it a fun, safe and useful place to hang out.

Updated: April 17, 2014
If you won £30,000, which of these would you spend it on?

The Student Room, Get Revising and Marked by Teachers are trading names of The Student Room Group Ltd.

Register Number: 04666380 (England and Wales), VAT No. 806 8067 22 Registered Office: International House, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XE

Quick reply
Reputation gems: You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.