• False dichotomies in recruiting

    by  • 1/25/2009 • work • 0 Comments

    I was responding to a position with a recruiter that uses a short submission form, but they have a “culture fit” survey that they require for this specific company they’re recruiting for. I can choose either “I want to be paid well” or “I have integrity”.

    So, if I have integrity, that means I want to be paid poorly, or that if I want to be well paid I lack integrity? This isn’t lady or the tiger, this is LION or the tiger.

    This question pops up, and the only correct answer I can see is #3; Neutral.

    Of the companies described below, I would prefer to work for a:

    1. Strongly prefer “Company that compensates employees significantly above market rate”
    2. Prefer “Company that compensates employees significantly above market rate”
    3. Somewhat prefer “Company that compensates employees significantly above market rate”
    4. Neutral
    5. Somewhat prefer “Company whose top cultural attribute is honesty and integrity”
    6. Prefer “Company whose top cultural attribute is honesty and integrity”
    7. Strongly prefer “Company whose top cultural attribute is honesty and integrity”


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