Test before you hire

By John Towler
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 07/18/2005

How can you tell whether an applicant is suitable or not? One manager had a foolproof way of telling if an applicant would be assertive, active and a go-getter.

He would invite the person into his office, offer the person a seat and immediately say, “Let’s go and get a coffee.” Then he would walk out of his office as fast as possible and dash around the corner to the elevators.

“If they could keep up with me,” he once explained, “I knew they would be great. If they couldn’t, I didn’t hire them.”