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Machine Learning Robots: Smart and Pissed with a Purpose

By: mprinz Friday April 8, 2016 comments

Its old news now. Youve probably heard about the robot-gone-rogue Tay and her hate-filled responses. Created to grow like a baby, she was supposed to learn and mature with each human interaction getting smarter as the hours grew longer. Something went awry though. She was killed 24 hours after being introduced to the world as a chatbot with zero chill who targeted 18 24 year olds in playful conversation over several social sites like Twitter. To be clear, zero chill is a catch phrase for recklessness . The blame for her offensive... Read More

Culture Fit vs. Core Values and Purpose (#4)

By: mprinz Friday March 25, 2016 comments

Theres 168 hours in a week. According to the US Department of Labors Bureau of Labor Statistics , the average US worker spends 28% of this time on the clock. Ignoring Coulombs Law for a minute, it makes sense to hire those who are like-minded. People who share common interests, principles and passions will likely play well together. The root of this stems from a Maslow-defined basic human need: the need to belong and to be accepted. Its ingrained in schools, politics, religions and cults and now its a hot topic in HR. The downside of... Read More

Culture Fit and Artificial Intelligence In HR

By: mprinz Monday March 21, 2016 comments

A Closer Look: Can culture fit and personality be accurately determined by analyzing a persons digital footprint? Several companies in cyberspace scour the Web looking for digital trails left behind by users. It makes sense (only 15% of people in the US dont bother with the Internet). Careersunbound is one of those companies. They collect data from various social media platforms and reformat findings into a detailed report about a person personality, culture-fit, profiling stuff. The belief is that these e-footprints provide... Read More

Culture Fit and Coulomb’s Law

By: mprinz Friday March 11, 2016 comments

Have you ever known two people who were similar in nature but couldnt get along? Theres a name for that, Coulombs Law . To put it simply: likes repel, opposites attract. Interestingly enough, the common practice in HR is to filter in the likes those who fit the culture. So what is culture fit? Its the collective work environment including the atmosphere, philosophies, ideals, ideas and actions of a business and its workers. Think of it as the shared make-up of a company. By determining culture fit in theory, employees will thrive, get... Read More

Part IV Emotional Intelligence Tests: Why you shouldn’t put all your eggs in one basket

By: mprinz Friday March 4, 2016 comments

Last week on an Antiques Roadshow rerun, a guest explained how she found an egg while flipping through an auction catalog. Unable to attend the event in person, she phoned in a bid and to her disappointment, lost. She had a bunch of books on antiques and thought the hallmarks looked real - a Faberg could fetch hundreds of thousands of dollars. Her husband suggested she call the auctioneer to see if she could buy it from the buyer. The buyer, experiencing buyers remorse, let her have it for what he paid, $15,000. It was a replica. The problem:... Read More

The Problem With Emotional Intelligence Testing (EI Part 2)

By: mprinz Wednesday February 17, 2016 comments

The Problem With Emotional Intelligence Testing (EI Part 2)

Ever toss spaghetti at the wall to see if its cooked? Using Emotional Intelligence (EI) testing in the employment process can be like that. Theres a lot to consider including which type, what for (pre-hire or promotion) and how much. Sometim es, the noodle test isnt reliable though - lasagna doesnt stick at all. As we saw in Part I , those with high EQs ( Emotional Quotients ) had a propensity to lead with conviction, were resilient in the face of adversity, and were found to be more engaged and committed which resulted in increased... Read More

Part I –Emotional Intelligence Testing in Recruiting

By: mprinz Thursday February 11, 2016 comments

A pool of candidates is a lot like a box of chocolates you never know who youre going to get even after youve checked-out resumes and validated credentials. You hope by looking over each one, trusting experience and your gut, youll pick out the good from the bad. Besides, when in doubt, theres always flipping a coin. But that didnt work out too well at the Iowa caucuses. How do you determine if someone will be good (i.e. stable, reliable, productive) before you bring him or her in? More and more companies are looking to Emotional... Read More

Can the Marriage of Watson and Amelia Produce the Perfect HR Robot?

By: Jerry Thurber Friday January 29, 2016 comments Tags: AI and HR

Once conceived as a metal humanoid complete with retractable arms, blinking lights and a synthesized voice, a robot made no attempt to hide what it was: a man-made machine programmed to perform a specific set of functions and tasks. It served a purpose, to serve the human. It absorbed, amalgamated and analyzed large amounts of data. It took the danger out of jobs and kept everyone safe. It had no need to compete with humans or harm them -except to eliminate the occasional villain of course. The concept of using artificial intelligence in... Read More

From Space Cadet to HR Data Miner in Two Decades!

By: Jerry Thurber Thursday January 21, 2016 comments

Are we on the verge of Self-Driving HR? Or maybe an HR Uber is in our future. If Id told my wife in 1996 I was going to be an HR data analytics innovator someday she would have called me a space cadet. One of the things my family used to like to do while sitting down at dinner was play a game where we all speculated about how different the world would be in 20 years. Most of it was pretty fantastical, but not all. Back then the evolution of technical skills hadnt changed much from the 1970s. Back then technology was still about automating... Read More

Do Recruiters (or Hiring Managers) Get the New career Path

By: Jerry Thurber Monday November 23, 2015 comments

A fellow named Sir Ken Robinson who is famous for a TED talk about how schools kill creativity said in a recent Fast Company article the following: Its important to note, that there just isnt a straight line between what you do at school and what you go on to do in your career. I argue that it is like being in the ocean. You keep correcting your course according to the things that happen to you. But companies force us to write resumes as though it were a plan. He goes on later to say that companies need people who can think differently... Read More