Thursday, December 20, 2012

Interview questions and answers & martial arts

So, at martial arts, our instructors really focus on self-defense techniques and on building our fitness.

But every now and then they cast a few pearls before us: little gems of wisdom that you can take or leave.

Its about the right interview questions and answersOne of my favourites is that old saying ‘Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you’re right’.

Now, that’s not really what I want to hear, 1 minute into the plank with 30 seconds to go. You really want to hear ‘Time!’.

But like so much of life, it’s in your head. I’ve talked myself out of physical exercises long before my muscles decide to pack it in.

And organisations, unfortunately, can take the same approach. ‘We can’t do anything about turnover, so we’ll just get better at recruitment. Or we’ll outsource the function and make it someone else’s problem’.

It’s so frustrating because the answer is within the organisation’s ability to influence, if they choose to! 70% of reasons employees quit is influenced by the employer. That means that 7 out of 10 resignations could have been delayed if the organisation took the time to find out what the reasons were. But if they take the mindset that they can’t reduce turnover, guess what? Turnover doesn’t reduce!

Have you tried to change the mindset? Or have you worked in businesses that shrug turnover off as all too hard to do anything about?

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