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Star Wars Hiring Lessons

Posted by EmployTest on Mon, Dec 21, 2015 @ 05:11 PM

If we had the Force (or even the most basic Jedi Mind Tricks), then making the best hiring decisions would be as easy as learning to fly the Millenium Falcon (as Rey did with apparent ease, despite having no flying experience).  But alas, The Force has not shown itself to me, at least, so we must rely on other tools of the trade to make hiring decisions.  Here are a few key hiring lessons from the Rebel Alliance.

Lesson 1

After landing on the planet Takodana, Han Solo immediately offers Rey a position on the Millenium Falcon.  At that moment on the screen, it seemed like a "straight from the gut" hiring decision that today's HR Jedis are known to abhor.  However, in hindsight, Rey had more than proven her tech skills by showing Han how to work around the mechanical issues to get the Millenium Falcon to perform as needed.  It's almost like she had passed the test during that initial flight and, having proved her mettle, she was more than capable to fill the role he wanted.  It was no gut decision--Han knew she had what was needed.

Lesson 2

Former Stormtrooper Finn had been selected at birth for his job, but it clearly wasn't a good fit for him.  The last straw appeared to be watching his fellow Stormtropper die, while the other Stormtroopers unnecessarily slaughtered the Jakku villagers (we won't go into the bloody helmet).  But clearly Finn is disillusioned with being a Stormtrooper and takes the first opportunity he has to quit the job.  If we were to fast forward that to today's world, we would want to make sure our new hires know exactly what the job entails.  A well-written job description will give applicants a peek into what they'll be doing on a daily basis, and a job preview might be even better.  If you know, beforehand, that your job will require murder and promoting the interests of the Dark Side, then you may move on to the next posting on the Imperial Job Board.

Lesson 3

A bad manager, no matter the galaxy, will result in people leaving the organization.  Finn's departure wasn't helped by the fact that he had an overbearing manager.  The scene where his leader, Captain Phasma, scolds him for removing his helmet is reminicient of a manager punishing a subordinate for making a minor mistake.  But more importantly, Kylo Ren was full of rage when his subordinates couldn't find the droid BB-8 on Jakku.  (No, using The Force to choke your employee is wrong, under any circumstances).  Bad managers will cause your organization to suffer higher turnover and lose key employees.

Thankfully, we're not in that galaxy far, far away and have access to great hiring tools.  Let us know if we can help you find your next favorite Wookie!

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