In these days of high technology, of psychometric tests and assessment centres, of sophisticated websites and video technology, it is tempting to think that recruitment is so scientific, so precise that it can all be done at third hand or on paper.
HR Directors hate over half their staff - and here's the proof!
OK - that might be a bit strong, but here's a statistic for you - over 60% of staff are so badly thought of that at least half of HR Directors would not re-employ them.
At first I thought that this must be in our sector, the automotive industry, with its reputation for high turnover and poor staff development.
But no, it appears that we are no worse than anywhere else, for the survey was conducted across all industries, and involved 1,000 of Britain's biggest companies. It was carried out on behalf of the Institute of Directors a few years ago, but it has always fascinated me.
Planning a career at present must seem a bit like property speculation in an earthquake, or picking the right pension fund for your retirement. The whole structure of the industry is changing around us, and you are expected to plan your future.
Okay, so I don't actually want to discourage you from recruiting -- turkeys do not vote for Christmas -- but we have been doing some work on staff retention recently, and we were surprised. Surprised how much money you will spend on recruitment in the next 12 months, and how little on keeping those very expensive recruits.