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Effective staff selection involves more than qualifications and experience

first_imgDear Editor,The local media has recently been inundated with controversial debate/discussions on the pros and cons of the selection processes for the position of Deputy Chief Elections Officer at the Guyana Elections Commission.My professional interest in human resources management has naturally been piqued, especially as it seems to me that the concern has been too narrowly focused on just two criteria, namely; formal/academic qualifications and prior work experience.Effective staff selection, especially for positions at the professional and supervisory or managerial levels typically requires attention to several additional criteria and processes.For example: competencies and skills in written and oral communications, interpersonal relationships, motivation, supervision and management of staff, acquisition and oversight of financial and material resources etc. Objective assessment and comparative/relative evaluation of these criteria often require ‘third party’ interventions such as in-house and/or external selectors facilitated by recruitment professionals and reference-checks.Some organisations/employers ‘outsource’ the ‘shortlisting and/or selection processes’ to independent professional recruitment firms or individuals who employ various selection methods such as assessment centres with simulation exercises, oral and written tests and practical presentation exercises.I am amazed to see, for example, how often people are selected for positions which require them to make public presentations and/or written submissions/reports without them being actually screened on their competencies in these activities by first asking them to do ‘mock’ written and oral presentations. (These days when CVs and Applications are written for candidates by paid professional writers, it is foolhardy to depend on the submitted applications/CVs as examples of the analytical and writing competency of candidates).The use of ‘independent’, professional recruiters appears even more necessary for ‘politically-sensitive’ appointments.Sincerely,Nowrang Persaudlast_img read more

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SWIMMING NEWS: SWILLY SEALS MAKES A ‘SPLASH’ IN LISBURN

first_imgA group of swimmers braved the elements on Saturday 17th January and made the long trip to Lisburn for the swim ulster development 3 gala.This was a first for most of these swimmers who are relatively new to the scene.Karim Magullea picked up 2 golds and a silver with excellent swims in his first ever swim Ulster competition. Nathanael Giddey who is training hard took home two silvers and a bronze.Conal Bonar picked up silver in the 400m Free and 200 Free a great reward for this young swimmer who is showing great class in the distance events.His younger brother Eoin set new personal best times in the 200m Free and 200m Backstroke.Cian Mulligan swam an impressive 100m Breaststroke and took a Bronze medal for his efforts. Marius Giddey added to the giddey haul a gold and a bronze medal in his events.Cora Ferry was as impressive as ever picking up a gold, silver and bronze for her efforts.Young Katie McGee made her debut in the Development series with an impressive 1.39 in the 100m Freestyle.Cora Bond swam well in the 200m Breaststroke, 100m Freestyle and 100m Backstroke taking her times down massively in each of these events.The Swilly Seals face Armagh City Swimming Club this weekend in the 4th round of the provincial towns league. SWIMMING NEWS: SWILLY SEALS MAKES A ‘SPLASH’ IN LISBURN was last modified: January 19th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:NoticesSportSwilly SealsSWIMMINGlast_img read more

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EURO 2016: DELIGHT FOR COLEMAN AND GIVEN AS IRELAND EARN CRUCIAL WIN

first_imgSOCCER: There was delight for Donegal duo Shay Given and Seamus Coleman as they helped Ireland to a crucial win over Georgia at the Aviva Stadium tonight. It was a nervy night in Dublin as Ireland struggled to breakdown the resolute Georgia side in the first-half.They failed to create any chances of any note in the opening period and Martin O’Neill rung the changes at half-time. Ireland talisman and captain Robbie Keane was withdrawn at half-time and was replaced by Southampton FC striker Shane Long.Long’s pace and work-rate caused the Georgia defence problems and he has now staked a big claim for a regular starting place.Ireland toiled and James McCarthy wasted some glorious opportunities before Jon Walters struck the decisive goal.Wonderful play from Jeff Hendrick opened up the Georgian defence and his pull-back was toe-poked home by Walters. Seamus Coleman had an outstanding game and was always a great outlet for the Irish side going forward.He was ably assisted by Wes Hoolahan and Robbie Brady who enjoyed fine game for O’Neill’s side.Shay Given was rarely troubled but anything he had to do he did well and earned himself another clean sheet.Ireland are now FOUR points clear and look odds on to get a play-off spot to reach the European Championships in France next summer. EURO 2016: DELIGHT FOR COLEMAN AND GIVEN AS IRELAND EARN CRUCIAL WIN was last modified: September 7th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:newsSportlast_img read more