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Whacked out colleagues

Jack Loo | Nov. 26, 2008
I totally dig the part about testing to see if a prospecting employee can fit and work with everyone else.

Ever wondered why a particular colleague is hated by the rest of the office? Or a seemingly normal colleague can behave like he or she never had an education before?

Either from my own experiences or complaints related by friends, it seems in every office there will be one nutcase that either 1) can never get along with anyone 2) disliked by everyone 3) does know what he is doing at times 4) or all of the above.

The answer I realised can be found from Wayne Tollemarche, an executive vice president from human resource specialist First Advantage Corporationa thorough background check on a person; calling up or online research to check on a persons qualifications, doing the same on his or her previous employers and even conducting mini tests on the persons professional abilities as well as personality. Isnt that a brilliant idea?

Ok I confessthe context of Tollemarches ideas was actually for mitigating the risk of hiring a person that might engage in fraudulent activities. But why cant that be a good way to ensure the person becomes a wrong fit into a companys culture? I totally dig the part about testing to see if a prospecting employee can fit and work with everyone else.

A staff writer with Fairfax Business Media, Jack Loo is a full-time web and magazine reading addict, from bbc.co.uk to webmonkey and monocle.

 

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