We love an acronym!


We love an acronym!

Posted date 15 December 2020

​In the interests of openness and honesty, I have a confession to make.

I love an acronym!

There, I said it.

Yes, you may be thinking ‘geek’ but someone told me that ‘geeks’ are cool these days although at 49 years old…… I think I am way past being cool.

However, I digress.

Having worked for many blue-chip organisations over the last two decades I have encountered many acronyms, some spelling out easy to remember words and others spelling out what can only be described as a borderline HR scenario. (In my very early working life, I did some part time work for an electrical-wholesalers in the sales office and they had a special file in a cabinet for business leads that were marked as ‘NFC’.

 The N stood for ‘No’ and the ‘C’ stood for Chance. You can probably guess what the ‘F’ meant!)

I’m sure you’ve come across many yourself and some are hugely humorous. One of my favourites is:

PICNIC – usually used by IT departments when someone is definitely not using their PC correctly and is blaming their issues on technology.

In this scenario, PICNIC means: “Problem In Chair – Not In Computer”.

It’s actually quite clever however not as short and succinct as ‘ASK’ which has been my go-to acronym when recruiting over the years.

‘ASK’ is simple and easy to understand and relevant to the quality I always look for in a candidate:

A – Attitude

S – Skills

K - Knowledge

There. Simple as you like and easy to remember.

Of course, before you meet an interviewee you might expect that your recruitment agency has established the ‘S’ and the ‘K’ by virtue of reviewing and identifying suitable CV’s however this is traditionally where a recruitment agency’s input ends.

Which leaves you, as the interviewer, to establish the A.

But what if this was the other way around?

What if your recruiting agent focussed every bit as much on attitude as they do skills & knowledge?

Sebolin believe that, of the three elements of a great candidate, attitude is actually the most important one. The reality is that if you get someone with the right attitude, then you can develop their skills and share knowledge with them.

What you cannot do however, is develop skills and share knowledge with an employee who doesn’t have the right attitude.

Something to think about.

Contact us at: www.sebolin.co.uk for a discussion.

TTFN! (Ta-Ta For Now)

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