Week 10 – Most Important Things Learned

I believe that the most important thing that I have learned from this class is the process of closing in the hiring process from week 9 content focusing on more of the HR perspective rather than the candidate perspective. As this can be showing the candidate the value, you can bring to them within the organization and convince them to accept the job offer. As we have learned there are numerous steps in the recruitment and selection process as this can entail, the hiring process crafting up job descriptions, posting the position, selecting candidates, recruiting, choosing the methods to select candidates, etc. There is a lot of work that is put in throughout the recruitment and selection process which can be very costly and timely for a company. Therefore, it can be very disappointing to lose out on a candidate that is very qualified during the last leg of the process who may be reluctant and considering their other offers.

To add, I think is very important on being able to secure the best candidates for the position as not only has the company gone through all the work so, but also has the candidate. It’s very important during the hiring process to sell the position to the reluctant applicant and one way to do this can be by focusing on The Five F’s (fit, family, freedom, fortune, and fun) and how the job can appeal to the candidate in different areas of their life. As candidates may not have the same importance of these variables.

Furthermore, I think that when this is done it can show the candidate that there is a genuine interest in them in their personal life and not only about who they are on paper. It fosters better connections and relations between the candidate and the company. As ultimately, the applicant has the final decision. Alongside, coming from the candidate’s perspective, I do think that if the company showed they valued and cared for me on a deeper level I would be more likely to take the position if it aligned with my values and wants.


Week 9 – Self Reflection

1. What am I good at?
I would say that I am good at collaborating and working with others. Reason for this I do think that is that I have a high patience level when working with others and do not get frustrated easily. Rather, I am a good listener and take the time to understand what others are saying and or what is needed at hand making it easier to work with others. Alongside, I am very technical and analytical as I like to evaluate all the facts and evidence before deciding. 

2. What do I value?
One aspect that I value is finding balance between work and one’s personal life. As I think that there needs to be a good mixture of both to be able to enjoy life and other experiences outside of the workplace. As I think that balance is key in being able to reduce possible burn out at work and it can help make work seem more enjoyable. IN combination, finding balance is essential for one’s mental health and well -ness as I think that it’s not healthy to constantly be working. 

3. How did I get here?
I would say that my life experiences and drive have gotten me today where I am in my life. As I have built up a strong work ethic and skill sets to help me work towards goals that have been short or long term. As well, I do think that my life experiences have shaped me into the person I am today as I know have a better understanding of who I am as an adult, what I want out of life, and what my future goals I strive for. 

4. Where am I going?
As a young professional, I do think that the direction that I am headed is building my work experience, expanding my connections, having new life experiences, and learning from mistakes, and learning to live each day to the fullest. As I think that I am at an age where there are endless career paths that I can take, places to live, travel, and meet new people. A key aspect, that I like to keep in mind is that when it comes to life we don’t have to be stagnant in our lives rather our lives change over time. 


Week 7 – IPIP Results & Reactions

The personality test that I took was the IPIP-NEO Narrative and my results indicated of the five domains:

Extraversion – 11
Agreeableness – 71
Conscientiousness – 40 
Neuroticism – 24
Openness to Experience – 2

Looking at my results I do think that it was accurate as I am someone that is more introverted, quiet, and comfortable around people that I already know. However, I do think that I do warm up to other’s once I feel more comfortable. As well, in terms of agreeableness this was very high, and I do think that I score high on this because I am one that does not like confrontation and conflict. I would rather, get along and compromise with others.

To add, in terms of conscientiousness I do think that I am someone that is very rational and strategic in the way that I act and carry myself which was not surprising I scored high in this category. Next, when it comes to neuroticism, I scored low, and I do think that a reason for this that by nature I am very calm and try to find peace in all aspects of my life. As I put a lot of focus on my mental health and self-care which helps me remain composed. Lastly, when it came to openness to experience my score was very low indicating that I am more conservative and practical which was surprising as I didn’t think I would score that low.

In terms of an employer’s perspective, a strength they would notice would be in agreeableness and conscientiousness. As this can indicate that I am a strong candidate in terms of working with others and have a strong interest in other’s need and well – being. As well, they would notice that I am someone that is very conscience in the way that I act, and I am very self-aware and rational with my decision-making process. Which would give employers more comfort knowing that I would not act irrationally in the workplace.

One the other hand, they would also notice that I scored low on extraversion and openness which could be a downside. As this could indicate to them that I am not willing to step outside of my comfort zone and engage with others as much and or be hesitant to change and adaption in the workplace which is not great during the hiring process. 

Overall, I do think that these tests can give more insights to a candidate and their personality. However, I think that they are not always the best measure of the candidate as results could be skewed based on when someone takes the test and or selecting a specific answer could influence outcomes. Rather, I think when evaluating someone for a position a more holistic approach should be taken to see if they fit in with the company and the requirements of the position.