This story is a tough one for me to believe……
This comes from the Management Issues (UK) blog in a post called Extreme Interviewing. Apparently, in Russia, there are some managers and HR types who think that stressing out candidates is a good tactic. From the post:
According to Mark Franchetti, the Sunday Times’ man in Moscow, Russian employers are increasingly using the so-called "stressovoye" – stressful interview – to help them hire the best staff. Interviewers shout at applicants, throw water over them, insult them and ask intimate personal questions.
If the humiliation fails to provoke a reaction, the candidate is seen as ideal for a boss seeking a submissive deputy with little ambition who will pose no threat.
Are your kidding me????? I am amazed that any HR person in his or her right mind could rationalize that these methods could improve selection and retention. In the post it says that if someone reacts aggressively to having water thrown at him or her in the interview is might actually be a good sign if you are looking for a leader. OK, not sure I buy that, but even if I did, there’s this little problem of just having pissed off said leader.
Perhaps in a labor market where people are desperate for work, you can do this to people. But why would you ever want to? I am sensitive to the fact that I know nothing about the Russian culture and norms, so I would invite Russian readers to comment and set me straight if there are other parts to this story I ought to consider.
Has anyone ever had any like this happen to him or her?