Are you kidding me?

I saw a LinkedIn question that asked if anyone had considered paying prospective employees to show up for an interview.  Apparently, applicants were agreeing to an interview time and place and then not showing up, and this had become the norm rather than the exception.

The question was asked by a member of the human resource profession. I guess I would have expected a deeper understanding of human behavior from HR.

This organization has a business problem, but it isn’t going to be solved by paying applicants to show up for an interview.

For sure, it’s a real business problem. Productivity is lost because of lengthy vacancies, training, and recruiting costs are up trying to entice people in the door, and those remaining employees are burning out because they’re carrying the load of the vacancies. Business doesn’t get more problematic than that. (more…)