Artificial Intelligence and Recruitment

From today’s Guardian… https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/oct/14/what-is-wrong-with-ai-try-asking-a-human-being Amazon has apparently abandoned an AI system aimed at automating its recruitment process. The system gave job candidates scores ranging from one to five stars, a bit like shoppers rating products on the Amazon website. The trouble was, the program tended to give five stars to men and one star to women. According to Reuters, it “penalised résumés that included the word ‘women’s’, as in ‘women’s chess club captain’” and marked down applicants who…

Competition Winners

VWA Search ran a very successful competition on social media, which resulted in a high number of new followers and fans on our different SM platforms. The lucky winner of the meal at Elystan Street was  Ben Hubert, the VWA Consulting career coaching went to Charles Frost, the wine selected by James Hanford went to Sally Irving, and ten lucky others received goodie bags with Percy & Reed hair treats and VWA merchandise. Look out…

The Email Jungle and what to do about it

We all have different communication styles. Some of us even “think out loud” in the office. We are also, at times, guilty of inefficient use of email – basically, we waste each other’s time by needlessly emailing each other. How so? The main culprit is the “cc” field. Our instinct is to “cc” our colleagues/ subordinates/ managers, for a multitude of reasons: keeping them informed, showing that we are working hard, insuring against later reproaches…

I’m in Charge! No, I’m in Charge!

Following his first Cabinet meeting after having become First Lord of the Treasury, the Duke of Wellington opined that he “gave them their orders and they wanted to stay and discuss them.” Such was the reaction of a man used to being in total command succumbing to the realisation that power in civilian life isn’t wielded nearly as straightforwardly as on the battlefield.  Humans often overestimate the impregnability of their position. Whether it’s thinking themselves…

Trolling and Career

I came across a comment on LinkedIn the other day, which I found quite offensive. It was a comment that marked the writer out as a judgmental, miserly and unsupportive troll, and it served no purpose other than to make someone else feel bad and inept, wrongly and deviously in my opinion. The temptation was to comment on the comment in turn, saying something to put this person in his place, but I stopped myself…

Lies, Damn Lies, and Recruitment

One of my favourite writers once penned a metaphor I’ve always been fond of: a man crawling through the desert dying of thirst sees an oasis. Racing towards it, he sinks to his knees at the water’s edge and begins drinking furiously, only to discover that the oasis is a mirage and he’s drinking sand. Instead of spitting it out he continues to drink regardless of it being neither what he needs nor wants. The…

Breakfast Events and Talks in 2018

We are excited to announce a series of breakfast talks for 2018. Victoria will explore the topical gender equality debate, sharing quick tips on how to ‘manage’ performance review and compensation conversations in a confident manner. Please find below our speaking schedule. Let us know if you would like an invitation! 22 MARCH 2018 “Compensation Gap or Confidence Gap – which is it?” – a breakfast talk by Victoria Wall JULY 2018 “Mindfulness: Transcend the…

Moving to our sister company…

Having spent almost seven years working for Victoria Wall, I have now fully moved over to the Consulting arm of the business, Victoria Wall Consulting. We are an Executive Coaching and Leadership Development consultancy founded twenty-four years ago and made up of a highly experienced team of Occupational Psychologists and HR Consultants. Our approach is based on rigorous psychological research and is tailored to clients’ needs; we are an entirely distinct business, separated by a…

‘Appy New Year!

How do we look back on 2017, what will be our abiding memories? Such a question is inevitably a very personal one, driven by our beliefs and values and, indeed, by whether we were caught up in any of the extreme events of last year. What can be said is that it was very eventful across the globe. Take your pick from the terrorist attacks in Manchester or London Bridge, the liberation of Mosul, the…

Through the Looking Glass…

How many times have you made an offer to a candidate with a sense of reticence? How often do you wish you could see beneath the polished exterior presented to you during an interview? When you grapple with the question “What is this candidate really like to work with?” – VWA Search can provide a clear and insightful answer with the help of the Hogan suite of assessments. The Hogan Assessment Suite is a set…