So, you want to be an astronaut?
A colleague of mine passed me a link to an interesting article about how NASA interviews candidates who would like to be an Astronaut.
They talk about “looking for the 'right stuff,' but also trying to get rid of people with the 'wrong stuff,' to summarise the process.
Apparently anyone with a college degree and some scientific experience can apply to be an astronaut. More than 6,000 people applied in 2013, but only eight individuals were selected.
Clearly NASA will invest considerably in each candidate that is accepted citing that it could take up to 10 years before they fly.
It appears that the recruitment process for those of us who prefer a job with their feet firmly on the ground, has similar elements to NASA's recruitment process. NASA's first round involves an initial set of interviews and in the second round, assessments are conducted by a psychiatrist to determine any grounds for disqualification.
It is not too difficult these days to streamline the recruitment process and integrate testing including psychometric testing to help determine whether candidates are made of “the right stuff”.
After all, investing in developing any employee might not be as expensive as NASAs but it does have a considerable financial impact if you invest in the “wrong stuff”.
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