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Beware the Graying Workforce February 27, 2008
We were recently in for a shock when we undertook a search to find a Vice-President of Sales in the so-called 'Cleantech' sector. Though the client organization is a manufacturer of environmental products gaining increasing attention, its roots are 'old-economy' building products which are being made sexy by market forces larger than itself.
Selection Update: The Love Patent February 7, 2008
A few months ago, the press reported on a system being developed at the University of Calgary called 'Synthetic Validity'. The system promises a universal selection system for all jobs at all levels. As I am always interested in job-simplifying panaceas, I looked into it, and while it may have some promise, it appears to be a giant shared database of competencies which is a long way from selection prime time, at least in the search world.
Using Polygraphs for Employment Screening - You've Got to be Kidding February 6, 2008
The National Post recently ran an article titled 'How they do it at the Precinct'. In it, the writer argues that while police interrogators and interviewers share a common desire to glean information from another party, police have become far more 'sophisticated' in achieving their goals. The writer proceeds to provide tips from police interrogators on getting people to 'talk'.

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