Ideas for testing job applicants and settling in new employees

Brian Herzog recently posted about Tests for Hiring and Training, in which interviewees for jobs in a bookshop were given questions to test their knowledge of literature.

He has a list of reference questions he uses for staff once they’ve been employed, to be used as a form of on-the-job training.

I like this idea of being able to give a new employee some tasks to work on independently that they can begin from their first day.  One of the hardest things about starting a new job is that vague feeling of not belonging, or having a useful role, right at the very beginning when you’re still finding your feet with new colleagues, buildings and procedures.  This sounds like a great way to get started.

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