My genuine loathing for HR is no secret. I believe HR is the single largest non-public sector threat to the private sector and thus, America. I also believe the vast majority of HR "professionals" are power hungry, sexist, bigoted and incompetent. I believe HR was created as an affirmative action program for women (this is starting to sound like the Nicene Creed). And I believe because of HR's power trip, it has become an agent of compliance and ego-stroking, not performance. This has resulted in an echo chamber that employs only the most bland, unimaginative, but ass-kissing employees, resulting in compliance now, but condemning employers to a Black Swan event in the future.
Yes, I hate HR.
But one of the more interesting observations I had a while ago was how HR (which is predominantly headed up by 20-50 something women) is starting to take on personal traits of said women, namely, dating. The questions asked by women in HR are identical to dating questions. This is not necessarily a bad thing in that you do want a personal fit as well as a professional fit, but I ask a simple question:
How successful are these HR ladies in their loves lives?
Miserable I presume based on the now-approaching-score of HR women I've known (I've also known most of them to have BIG financial troubles in addition to their romantic troubles). But that's my point. If they're so bad at screening for candidates in their romantic lives, how good are they plying the same screening techniques for candidates in their professional lives?
Lousy of course. But don't let that stop them. No, we have to still ask dating questions.
In the end this will all burst like all Black Swan event bubbles do. Having a myopic view, presuming your premises are always correct and you know what you're doing, will result in an inbreeding amongst your employees and corporate culture. Innovators, leaders, revolutionaries, creators and non-conformists will never be allowed in, and if they are, they will be immediately identified by the HR-white-blood cells of the corporate being and immediately dealt with and fired. Without these "free radicals" your entity will lose vision and purpose. It will also lose the ability to identify any threats as well as opportunities that will destroy/benefit your company. You will stagnate and it's only a matter of time before one of those particularly entrepreneurial free radicals gets some financing and either replaces or obsoletes your firm.
But hey, by all means, you keep asking the top graduate from MIT
"Where he sees himself in 5 years."
"What's his favorite movie and why?"
"If you could be an animal, which one would it be and why?"
I'm sure it prove just as successful as your dating life.