Originally Posted by svelten
It's been fully ingrained into my mind that the HR department isn't any more successful at hiring the right candidate than the manager/supervisor of the position with no "training" in human resources (I'd be appalled if there was a degree for this "field", which to me sounds like glorified paperwork).
There probably were a few books that I've read which unfairly reinforces this image admittingly.
In our department we bypass our HR dept entirely when it gets to the interview process - HR is just there to fill out employee related paperwork, deal with compensation matters and very low level screening of resumes. Yes, tons of false positives for sure, but we really can't handle processing the hundreds of applications so HR is a necessary evil. But by the time we narrow it down and get to the face to face, there's no reason for them to be involved - we would understand far better the candidate we are looking for and the technical skills they are required to possess better than an HR person would and their behavioral psychoanalytic claptrap.
Then again, this may be yet another case of me underhandedly dismissing something that I do not understand.
Well, there are HR degrees (BA and MA), and most people doing HR don't have one. Actually most people I see with HR degrees (at least at the company I currently work for), have Art History degrees, and Poly Sci degrees, etc... and they were doing something else completely differently and somehow got into HR and are now stuck with cozy jobs, BS'ing all day and utterly fucking up the organization.
I was once sitting in my companies HR recruiting office for about an hour, on a tuesday at around 2 pm and no one, I mean no one in that office was working. All of them were chatting about their personal lives, on the phone with friends or browsing the internet for personal reasons. Shouldn't they, I don't know, be reading resumes or filing other recruiting related paperwork?!?!?