Sometimes I encounter phenomena that seem to be almost universally reviled, yet still seem to be put in practice. I guess the thing that started this thread was HireVue interviews, you know, the ones where you record yourself with nobody else on the other side. Pretty much everyone I asked including people with hiring authority and recruiters tell me it’s a terrible way to hire people, yet people still use it and participate in the interviews.
Other such things I have observed:
- Buying SAS (not to maintain legacy systems but actually building new stuff)
- Pretty much anything from Oracle
- Management consultants
I mean if these things were so great I would have thought I’d hear more positive things about them from people, other than puff pieces from the companies that are selling these things. But I don’t really. I even talked to an executive who told me how stupid management consulting was but I was like, uhhhh aren’t you an executive with the power to not hire them?