According to this particular article, the scans could help employers make better choices in executive-level recruiting for companies, like banks for instance. Scary technology or brilliant idea? If only we had done brain scans beforehand…maybe we could have prevented the massive financial debacle which was brought to us through warped thought processes of what one can only conclude must have been an epidemic of living brain donors – and apparently some living heart donors too. Scans would have caught this. (And just imagine the possibilities for folks running for office.)
But then again…since companies have to set the criteria in the first place for what they consider the ideal employee, wouldn’t they simply use scans and other science-based tools to replicate what they think is working for them and weed out folks who may in fact add value through their otherness? So much for saving us from the current or any future financial crisis.
Hiring is a Human Process
For me, the hiring process is first and foremost a human process. But in an attempt to demystify the admittedly difficult process by turning it into a “‘science”, more and more companies are relying on things like predictive assessment tools and behavioral interviews to help them find the right match for their companies – and hopefully avoid making mistakes.
My take on this? Tests can of course be useful when it comes to skills assessment, but the more you try to take the human factor out of the hiring process, the more you create an organization based on averages. Nothing great was every created by taking the so-called safe approach and sticking to the norm. If you can’t trust yourselves to hire people without a battery of tests (and FYI really wacky people still get past tests), maybe the real place to focus your efforts is on your own hiring policies and the need for some top-notch interview training. (Including keeping people informed along the way.)
Maybe Dr. Frankenstein would have liked this idea
While I don’t know how likely companies are to actually ever add brain scans or similar technology to their hiring process, to me even the vague promise of subjecting people to such measures to ascertain their corporate compatibility is a false promise – not to mention the potential health effects on interviewees going through multiple scans in an extended period of job search. Do we really need a newfangled “this is THE answer” predictive science to hire people? I know companies are always looking for a simple answer or the next best solution (and admittedly this idea is only being raised as a possibility), but at one time astrology was considered a modern predictive science. Hmmm…why not use that too? It’s probably as reliable.
Which brings to mind one of my favorite Shakespearean quotes from Julius Caesar: “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves…” Maybe rather than looking to science or pseudo-science, we should look to ourselves and find our solutions there. In the end, I think the result will be a stronger, more diverse and therefore better organization on all levels.
What’s your take? Are you thinking of this as a potential boon to hiring or a complete bust?