HR Strange But True!
October 10, 2008

If the choice of the next president of the United States was left to hiring experts, who would they choose? That's the question posed by Jay Meschke, president of EFL Associates, an executive search firm.

Meschke gives Obama an edge in terms of education credentials (Columbia University for his bachelor's degree and Harvard for his law degree).

Neither candidate has much real experience as an executive, but McCain has served much longer in the Senate, so he gets points for more overall experience in government, Meschke notes.

"If the electorate can be compared to the board of directors that approves all hiring decisions, then the winner will likely be selected on intangibles such as trustworthiness, executive presence, and connection with the voters," says Meschke.

Hiring experts might also ask about their records in decision making. So, how about their stances on Iraq? Who was the better decision maker? Both candidates claim they were right about the war in Iraq .

Another question for you: Would you hire either man to lead your organization? Why or why not? Let us know your thoughts: . If we get enough good responses, we'll include them in a future HR Strange but True! column.

Source: Press Release from EFL Associates

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