Friday, 24 July 2015

The triangle of uselessness

What do a fashion blogger, a modern art critic and the average corporate recruiter have in common? They are useless creations of modern society as well as incorrectly empowered to influence it. Let’s explain:

- The fashion blogger is suppose to influence what people wear. He or she will say that the horrible cardigan with a knitted rooster in the front is the latest trend. The cardigan will look horrible in 99% of the people that will wear it, but still people will buy it because some “reputed” fashion geek said that it was …trendy! Why does the public listen to what they say or write? Who decided that their opinion is valid and should be heard? Why should we care about what they like or not?
- The modern art critic will tell us that a blue canvas with a red spot in the middle is a masterpiece and its worth millions. Really? To 99% of the world population it’s just a blue surface with a small circle in the middle but the critic will try to convince us that is much more than that, through theories and arguments that only he or she understands. Why are they empowered to value things with criterias that were devised…by themselves? Again, why their evaluation is more valid than the common of mortals? Why do we need them to tell us what we should like or not?
- The corporate recruiter will analyze, filter and select candidates for the company, following dubious criteria and self taught concepts coming out of internet memes. They will lazily use software to rarefy the number of CV’s they have to go through. Then they will use personal likes and dislikes to put candidates forward. Afterwards they will interview some applicants using some “superior” wisdom expressed by questions like “What’s your dream job?” or “Where do you see yourself in 5 years?”, like if the answers would really tell them something about the person’s character. Unavoidably, they will put forward the incompetent, the “for whatever reason” more likable, the patriotic fellow citizen, regardless of having skills or not. What made companies hostages of such recruitment processes? Why do they need to be in the middle between the candidate and the hiring manager? Too many CV’s to look upon? Let the managers do some work, for a change…

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