Stupid Interviewing Mistakes: Arbitrary Selection Criteria | No BS Hiring Advice

A note I read from someone points out another of those stupid interviewing mistakes employers make.

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I thought I would share one of these situations; it's a victory for someone and, at the same time, it's a funny little story. I'm going to read it off my screen, right? I have to share this. It's so funny.
I applied to a job opportunity a few weeks back and I had to take a typing test. I had to pass this test before being moved it to the next level. I practiced at home for a week, and I could type 41 words per minute, the passing grade was 40. And then I went to my test and failed. I typed 33.
("Oh, my God!")
I talked with my agent and friend that also works for the company. And I asked why they would not move me to the next level. I got a text message from my friend and she told me that the whole staff took the test and everyone failed.
Then, they go on to basicallywound talk about the follow up to this was they wound up taking an interview with another organization and the manager spent two and a half hours; got hired.
Folks, sometimes when you hire people, you gotta think outside the box because your box was created, not for the real world. It was based upon some, perhaps, arbitrary criteria that comes back and cost you very good people. People who really care; people who will put an effort.
Eight words. I know we could do a percentage difference of 20% between what she typed on the test and what the expectation is. Nerves sometimes come into play. Have you ever considered that? And, certainly, it seems arbitrary when your existing staff can't pass the test.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1400 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was recently named a Top 10 podcast for job search. was also recently named a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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