At an anecdotal level it is puzzling that senior management will often spend more time in researching and assessing their needs towards the goal of getting the right colour co‐ordinated office furniture or equipment than they will assessing and selecting employees. It is my personal observation that staff selection interviews in local authority schools and colleges tend in terms of cost to, and commitment of, the organisation, to be given relatively less attention than buying less expensive equipment. A 20 minute “chat” may commit the school or college to £1,000,000 of salary expenditure over a length of employment with low productivity and poor performance outcomes.
Banks, N. (1996), "The Use of a Group Discussion in a Further Education College to Enhance Equal Opportunities in the Staff Selection Process", Equal Opportunities International, Vol. 15 No. 1, pp. 1-8. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb010657Download as .RIS
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