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Who you are speaks so loudly I can't hear what you're saying.


Who you are speaks so loudly I can't hear what you're saying.
April 8, 2013, 8:00:00 PM EDT   By Mike Russiello

Ralph Waldo Emerson's famous quote is as accurate and meaningful today as it was back in the 1800's. Many of us know it in it's more generalized form: actions speak louder than words.
We believe this quote indicates that Emerson, it turns out, had good instincts about how to get the right people working for him. We also seem him as an early proponent of simulation-based assessments. We see the same thinking in the principles of effective hiring. For instance, the universal maxim that "past performance is the best predictor of future performance" implies that a candidate's previous actions are the best predictor of what Her or she will do in the future. Additionally, we all know that the best resumes provide the performance facts in a concise and easy to read format. From these principles, we derive the principles of behavioral interviewing: tell me about a time in the past where you did X? Time and research have proven that this approach is highly effective. We can also derive a basis for using simulations in hiring from this kind of thinking, since a simulation is a opportunity to create some past performance -- to show what you can do and how you will do it. That's why virtually all effective simulation-based assessments implement job-related tasks as part of their process. So, if you are considering a simulation based assessment, think of the Mr. Emerson's words. Then try it out and evaluate the quality of the people you hire and see for yourself. While you're at it, you might also consider another famous quip from our esteemed 19th century poet:

"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."

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