New Metaphors on Employee Selection

New Metaphors on Employee Selection

I feel sometimes that the selection of employees is like selecting a watermelon, or some other fruits. You shall only be quite sure of the quality of a watermelon by cutting it, making sure its seeds is black and that it is red. We run many times into assuming that we selected the right watermelon only to be disappointed that it is white and non-tasty from inside.

The selection of employees and of friends are not different for we run into many disappointments upon finding out what looked promising from outside turned into displeasure. We may improve our guessing of the quality of watermelon by properly examining its outside. A mature watermelon will have a yellow spot where it was sitting. This is because this part didn't have the opportunity of exposure to direct sunlight. We may that some candidates may have a "yellow spot" because they were not exposed to the cameras. They were dimmed from exposure; in fact such "spots" may be indicative of hidden strengths and qualities. This yellow spot may not in effect reflect a "yellow" person.

The outside of a watermelon should protect it from major bruises. That is a main job. A candidate employee might have suffered from minor bruises, but his "skin" should be devoid of major ones. The bruises are mostly intangible. Check for major and repeated complaints, and their pattern of repetition. A watermelon with major bruises should not be picked. Candidates with deep wounds and bleeding memories may be not suitable for "picking up".

A good watermelon is uniform in shape. Uniformity is quality. Look for the "shape" of employees and how uniform they are. In particular consider how they shape up not their bodies; more importantly their thinking authenticity. You don't want candidates who flow with the ideas of the interviewers and their opinions take the shape the vessel they fill. You need employees who fill their vessel with solid thinking and not fluid thinking just to fill the vessels of others.

The paradox here is that watermelons are essentially water (92%). They are fluid from inside. If the outside isn't uniform, firm and has the right colors then the inside fluid is not of value. Human are also mostly water. If the outside of the human is bruised, of the wrong attitudes and high susceptibility to bruises then the inside might not be safe to deal with.


Someone famous in Source TitleHuman are also mostly water. If the outside of the human is bruised, of the wrong attitudes and high susceptibility to bruises then the inside might not be safe to deal with. Ali ANani, PhD
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Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#22
Yes, failure to fit with the culture is not easily corrected my dear

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#19
Love your response dear Anees Zaidi published almost one hour ago. She mentions you in it Just read my friend and enjoy. This buzz shows us that we may grow beyond boundaries.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#17
Thank you dear debasish majumder. I agree fully. However; I focused on before selecting phase and you focused on post-selecting phase. That is worthy of a separate post my friend.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#14
Dear brother Anees Zaidi. On LI, and one reason I left, is that somebody wrote huge number of buzzes on putting people first. He summoned so much support. For me and before it was too late I started warning people and publicly announced my withdrawal. Quite few bought shares and their money evaporated. They had video interviews with the guy, they inspected his referrals and to end up losing their money. I have had no direct contact with him whatsoever, but sensed from the skinny writing something was wrong. That is all I can say now my friend.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#13
Praveen Raj Gullepalli- a truly comprehensive comment, which I appreciate greatly. I think ever HR manager and managers in general should digest your comment to its fullness. I tried to relate the outer "skin" to what is hidden inside and verify what "type" of fruit we are dealing with if our efforts are to come to fruition. I find your comment of special value in answering these questions. You are aware of the cost of bad hiring. I have witnessed people hospitalized from eating a bad watermelon- and the cost turned out much greater than the cost of watermelon itself.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#11
Very good points @Erroll-EL-Warner. It just surprises me though how so many staff are on the "pay-roll" without real experience and qualification. What is wrong in your opinion?

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#1
I can hear your "sound vibrations" dear Mohamed Amroussi

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#2
Very interesting comment dear Anees Zaidi. The hammering or knocking test is questionable. However; there are other fruits in which the sound test is more reliable. That could be a forthcoming buzz. In fact, it should be. Watermelon has 92% watr of its composition and therefore the sounds might not easy to identify with.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#3
Thank you Rafiqul Islam

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#4
Well-said dear Mohamed Amroussi

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#5
Very well-said comment Sara Jacobovici. Cantaloupe has a softer skin than watermelon and that is why extra care must be given to the former because it is more subject to bruises. Like eggs, cantaloupe must be washed carefully before cutting it to ensure that no bacteria remains..

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

5 years ago #1

Many opportunities to explore in this metaphor Ali Anani. The piece that stays with me is the one found at the beginning of your discussion; you can only truly be sure of the quality of the employee once he or she has opened up or has revealed him or herself to you. Another thought that may be worth considering is the thickness of the skin; if the skin is thick it will protect the inside from the impact of the bruise.

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