We have a guideline, I work for the state, for hiring in house employess, say for promotion from floor nurse to a nurse manager position, that has certain categories like "job performance" or "creativity" or "flexibility"- and each category is rated good,fair or poor.
The problem I have with this method is that there is no criteria for what determines good fair or poor.
I might be being a poor sport because I wasnt hired for a particular position but aside from that it seems that alot of subjectivity could come into play when grading someone during an interview as good, fair or poor because there is no criteria for what is good, fair, or poor.
What do you all think about this method?
Mar 20, '07
Subjectivity is not necessarily a bad thing. In the end, even a specified point system requires a subjective judgment to decide what items to give points to ... how many points for each behavior ... how to weight different categories ... etc. It's a fallacy to believe that there is any system exists with no subjectivity. Subjectivity is involved whenever a judgment is made and making a judgment is what the people who are hiring need to do.
It's best not to get too hung up it now. If you are interested in a certain type of position (such as a manager position), find out what the criteria are (both objective and subjective aspects) and do an honest and thorough assessment of yourself relative to those criteria. Get feedback from people when possible and establish a relationship with a mentor who can give you advice about progressing in your career.
Don't wallow in self-pity and blame because you weren't chosen for a specific job. That doesn't get you anywhere. Keep moving forward and working towards your goals and eventually you will find a good fit for yourself.
Mar 20, '07
I want to thank you for your most constructive reply, which not only explained the interview, subjective/objective, process but gave me advice for the future and advice for my present state of wallowing.
I'm still interested in further insights if there are any out there.