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The Mismanagement of TalentEmployability and Jobs in the Knowledge Economy$
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Phillip Brown, Anthony Hesketh, and Sarah Williams

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199269532

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199269532.001.0001

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Picking Winners

Picking Winners

(p.147) 7 Picking Winners
The Mismanagement of Talent

Phillip Brown

Anthony Hesketh

Sara Williams

Oxford University Press

This chapter takes on the perspective of the employers and captures their experiences and observations regarding the recruitment practice of university graduates. The first part of this chapter presents and evaluates the discourse that employers use to see whether an individual possesses the skills and attributes that may signal employability by using the following criteria: suitability, capability to proactivity, and acceptability. On the other hand, the second part goes beyond the rhetoric and analyses what exactly employers deliberate about in their final recruitment decisions at assessment centres. Employers differentiate the potential employees and group them into the following categories, according to their hard currencies and soft currencies: razors, stars, geeks, nerds, iffys, safe bets, non-starters and freezers.

Keywords:   suitability, capability, proactivity, acceptability, razors, stars, hard currencies, soft currencies

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