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The move from training staff to hiring talents





mk12327
Historically, employers hire people and train them in order for them to perform in their job scope and tasks required of them. If they happen to hire someone with great capability, the employers are lucky, and further train these talents into leadership positions within the company.

Nowadays, there is a change in trend in Asian employers. (I'm not sure about European and American employers, so regarding this i would love to get replies.) Asian employers realised that training of staff can be quite costly, and often, trained employees get poached by the competition and the resources spent on staff training became assets on the other side of the battlefield. Thus, they had moved towards a new direction. When hiring, they now look more at character, innate talents and sometimes even people with the pre-existing skillset required by the job. Subsequently, employers train them only on areas they are weak in or to further their talents in certain important areas.

This approach makes sense for employers as it helps them to focus their resources on a selected group of people and that it reduces their costs on staff training. All these leads to higher profits or better welfare privileges for existing staff. However, i foresee that this can become a problem, or even one of the main reasons for high unemployment. People who do not have prior knowledge lost out to those who had experience as employers could save the cost of training a new staff. It makes it very difficult to switch fields or join a new industry as a fresh graduate. Employees who do not upgrade their skills also tend to become obsolete and no longer be well sought after by employers.

People with certain weaknesses also instantly lose their chance in certain jobs because they are no longer given the opportunity to "try out" at a job. Do you think i got the trend right, and what are your opinions on this?
deanhills
mk12327 wrote:
When hiring, they now look more at character, innate talents and sometimes even people with the pre-existing skillset required by the job. Subsequently, employers train them only on areas they are weak in or to further their talents in certain important areas.
This has been true in Canada for many years, especially given unemployment and there being so many suitable candidates for the same position. They even check whether some of the candidates are compatible in personality with the person they will be reporting to. It has become very scientific. Not only is it tough to get a job, but even tougher to keep it, so usually it would be employees going out to check how they can get trained in areas that they are weak in. If that training is justifiable for the employer they may fund it, or not. Only the really large organisations and companies in Canada do in-house training, most of it is contracted out, or comes with some special new equipment or new policies or procedures.
mk12327
deanhills wrote:
They even check whether some of the candidates are compatible in personality with the person they will be reporting to. It has become very scientific. Not only is it tough to get a job, but even tougher to keep it, so usually it would be employees going out to check how they can get trained in areas that they are weak in. If that training is justifiable for the employer they may fund it, or not.


Apparently that is very true. Personally, i had been through an interview where they made me take a computerised personality test to see if my personality is suitable for the job they are offering. It is a job relating to research and testing thus i assume they would probably eliminate people who likes changes, doesn't like monotonous work. (I didn't get the job by the way, since i'm an active person and i didn't want to cheat in the personality test.)

deanhills wrote:
Only the really large organisations and companies in Canada do in-house training, most of it is contracted out, or comes with some special new equipment or new policies or procedures.


That points out to another trend that in fact can be a topic on its own. Outsourcing and contracting out is very common nowadays, as they are more specialised and experienced in the particular field, plus outsourcing can sometimes be more affordable than maintaining a department within the company.
deanhills
mk12327 wrote:
Apparently that is very true. Personally, i had been through an interview where they made me take a computerised personality test to see if my personality is suitable for the job they are offering. It is a job relating to research and testing thus i assume they would probably eliminate people who likes changes, doesn't like monotonous work. (I didn't get the job by the way, since i'm an active person and i didn't want to cheat in the personality test.)
These days if people prepare themselves for their interviews, they check out the personality tests, and all the other kinds of tests that may come their way, then also check what answers they need to give in order to qualify. It has become so specialized that something does go missing in the process and some good candidates can be lost, when they are not as shrewd in picking up on the answers they need to provide in the tests.
Greatking
I particularly agree with what u are talking about. The outsourcing is prevalent now. Agents scattered all over who conduct the interviews and they are specialized in this field, they have the time and the resources to get the right people for the job. I guess it’s a difficult task that’s why they charge so much. Employers of today don’t want to spend much time in getting people for work; they would rather have someone else do that for them. This issue of personality test, attitude and character issue, people can be good at acting. Something will definitely be hidden and revealed until later. I guess the only sure way is to be abreast with trends, what people will do to get a job they know they are not qualified for etc...
Greatking
you can hire the best in the market and still need to train them in the specified field you would want them to work in. and you could hire someone who will not be able to deliver. its really opening your eyes and looking out for the most hiden things.
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