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# Issue: July 2010

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Dear Learn & Perform subscriber,

Here is the July e-news.  I write from the intense heat of the summer in the Middle East.

Here is this month’s e-news:

  • Structured Selection Interviews
  • Asia HRDCongress
  • Singapore HR Summit

Structured Selection Interviews

Though the popularity of interviews has been well documented and every organisation uses it to select employees at all levels, the validity of the interview is very poor.  The interview is very often criticised for being unreliable, subjective and prone to bias. The interview is largely seen as an informal conversation between two persons in a unstructured manner. People hire people based on impressions rather than competencies or the performance criterion. Research is clear that selection decisions improve with structured interviews. The errors that arise from interviews are minimised.

The design of an effective structured selection interview improves when a comprehensive job analysis has been done. With trained interviewers, the validity of interviews improves considerably. Interviews can be a valid means of selecting employees provided it is structured to ensure that:

  1. The interview questions are prepared as a result of job analysis.
  2. Questions are consistently used across both the interviewers and interviewees.
  3. A consist set of criteria is used to evaluate the responses of the interviewees by the assessors
  4. The assessors are trained to deal with the errors

For more details on how we can assist you, please contact

Asia HRDCongress 2011?

The preparations for Asia HRDCongress 2011 have begun. The goal is to surpass the achievements of the 2010 Kuching Congress. Not an easy task but with several gurus and international personalities involved, we hope to exceed the expectations.  Expressions of interest are being invited for speaking slots and partner delegations. The nominations for the Asia HRDCongress will also be open soon. For more details please contact Ms Karina Kamal, Conference Producer at

Singapore HR Summit

The Singapore Human Capital Summit is a premier conference on managing and developing human capital by the Ministry of Manpower and the Singapore Workforce Development Agency. The third Summit will be held in Singapore from 29 - 30 September 2010 at Resorts World Sentosa. The event hosts several top notch CEO’s. It brings together an exclusive group of business leaders, practitioners and experts from around the world to discuss and share Human Capital development and management strategies.  For more details visit

Have a great month ahead.




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