Our thirsty for assurance has driven how we operate in every aspect of our lives, from the daily activities we perform to the systems that we design to help us perform those tasks.
The primary focus when designing systems is their reliability on performance. We all want to be sure and always make changes to the systems in the view of that very same goal. In this second part of What we live for- The Confidence series, we are going to focus on the education system and Job Interviews and how they are shaped by the Make Sure perspective.
THE EDUCATION SYSTEM
The primary goal of education at all levels and forms is to pass knowledge from one person to another. In the formal education system, there is a well-established structure of how this information flows, there are teachers who provide this information to students in a well-designed curriculum and syllabus that act as a guide to ensure consistency of information provided.
The education system is no exception to the hunger for Assurance, the teacher teaches their students and then give them tests to assure themselves whether if their students have acquired the knowledge or not. If the student passes the tests, it is concluded that the student has acquired all the necessary knowledge and can move on to the next stage but if the student fails to perform as per requirements then it is concluded that the student has not acquired the provided knowledge then the testing or training session can be repeated as often as required by the system.
This system has been relied upon for so many generations as a primary way of accessing competence, normally students with high performance at school are considered hard workers, and have higher chances of getting employed at various areas of their interests. This is true for the large part, but it should not be relied upon at all the times, because there are so many areas that can influence performance at school, for example, a state of mind can impact the learning process in so many ways, a student with family or relationship problems is not likely to perform as well as a student without those problems because learning is an active process so when there are things that can interfere with the mental focus then learning is impaired, and hence performance.
Also, the availability of learning tools can significantly affect the learning process, and thus causing the gap in performance between various institutions, students from schools with all resources necessary for learning are more likely to perform better with lesser efforts compared to students from schools with fewer resources. It does not necessarily mean that the students with better performance are smatter than those without as there are so many factors come into play.
THE JOB INTERVIEWS
Interviews are conducted for the sole purpose of being sure i.e to assess whether among shortlisted candidates there are those who are very promising to likey perform the job as per expectations required by the organization. This process for years has depended on a few basic factors like Work Experience, School Performance, and the Presentation at the interview.
We can all agree that these factors are very important in determining performance, but we can also agree that these factors are lacking based on the fact that not always those with Experience perform better than those without experience because performance always comes down to the personal behavior and dedication to the prescribed job, the factors which are sometimes but not always shaped by experience.
School performance is a good indicator of hard work but that is not always true as we have seen above, and in addition, better performance at school does always translate to creativity and innovation in the real world.
Lastly, Presentation at the interview day is not a 100% assurance that the person will always behave like the way they did during the interview because when a person is mentally prepared can appear very promising and can project that confidence to the interviewers and present the best character version possible to ensure selection.
“If you aren't rich you should always look useful.”
―Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Journey to the End of the Night
I conclude on this by saying, I agree to the fact that our ways of judging who is better and who is not are faulty as I tried to explain above, but I also agree to the fact that unless we as creative beings come up with better ways of evaluating the quality of people in various areas of interest, these current methods will stay although they cost organizations especially when they realize they have made a wrong choice but also individuals who fails to realize their dreams due to established restrains by the existing systems.
The Choices You make, Affects Everybody!
Nicholaus J. Materu