[Histonet] Cutting on an interview

joelle weaver joelleweaver <@t> hotmail.com
Fri Jan 27 13:28:49 CST 2012

Yes, agree- this is essentially what I was trying to say eariler in the thread.

Joelle Weaver MAOM, (HTL) ASCP

 From: trathborne <@t> somerset-healthcare.com
To: tkngflght <@t> yahoo.com; histonet <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu
Date: Fri, 27 Jan 2012 19:18:06 +0000
Subject: RE: [Histonet] Cutting on an interview

We also have cytotech applicants look at some slides as part of an interview. These are cases which have been signed out already (patient information is protected), the applicant is given a quiet room with a scope, and records  their diagnosis.
Histology and Cytology are not especially large fields, and if you're interviewing someone who works fairly local, chances are that you've met them, or know someone who knows them. But with the applicant who has been out of the field for a while, or has relocated, it is helpful to have as much information as possible.
Unless your job requirements are very specific, and say how many blocks/slides should be produced in a certain period of time, it will be difficult to terminate the mediocre tech, but who interviewed exceptionally well. This is also a good time to check for accuracy in labeling. Give them blocks with six- digit, non-sequential  numbers, and see how they do.
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From: histonet-bounces <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu [mailto:histonet-bounces <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu] On Behalf Of Cheryl
Sent: Friday, January 27, 2012 1:53 PM
To: histonet <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu
Subject: [Histonet] Cutting on an interview
 A comment on why we have techs cut on an interview-
How do you pick the BEST fit in the 60 minute interview?  The more information you gather, the more likely you'll hire the best fit.  Most of human communication is non-verbal.  Watching a potential new hire gives you SO MUCH non-verbal information in addition to validating that they know their way around a microtome.
The cost of mis-hiring is ASTRONOMICAL.  40% of companies polled say a bad hire costs over $25000.  One in four polled estimated the cost closer to $50000.  Would you really want your Aunt Minnie's GI biopsy cut by someone who COULDN'T cut a few blocks under a little new-interview pressure?
An authoritative article on just this kind of interview can be read at www.fullstaff.org (A Histology Blog).
It's from Career Builders and gives a lot of impirical data to the value of gathering the most information before making that hiring decision...we'd love some feedback on the post.
Cheryl Kerry, HT(ASCP) 
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