ArLyne's Diamonds

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Saturday, September 04, 2010

Is "being fair" always fair?

I recently applied for a position of Dean of the University at which I am teaching. When I made inquiries I learned that the selection committee was going to evaluate resumes "blind." That is, they were going to "not know" who the candidates they were evaluating really were.

Do you realize that this is like hitting dart board blindfolded? This is not an entry level typing position. This is one of the highest positions in the school. Personality, character, how this person (me, in this case) gets along with other faculty, staff and students - should all matter. But, if the onoy thing the selection committee is doing is looking at test scores (and the test was not appropriate for this level of employment - more later) and resumes, what are they really learning?

The test we were forced to take is the exact same test everyone applying for any staff position would have to take. They kept asking me questions about my relationship with my "supervisor." I haven't had a supervisor since 1981 - so how do I possibly answer these questions. I've owned Diamond Associates since 1981 and of course have been the one to supervise others.

So, they don't know how I treat other people. They don't know how well respected and liked I am by peers, staff, etc. They don't know about my skills managing others. They don't know about the volunteer work I've done for the school. They don't know that I am one of the best process streamlining -re-engineering people and that I simplify all processes in any job I've ever had. they don't know my ideas for what I can give the school should they hire me for this position.

Of course, they dont' know the same thing about anyone else applying.

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