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Quote of the Week Wk/E13/01/17 January 15, 2017

Posted by Audit Monkey in The Joy & Pain of Internal Audit.
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This will be a brief quote of the week as you know I can’t be bothered to blog anymore but this is a gem.  I had an interview last week; in with the Hiring Manager from Internal Audit and the chap from HR who was doing the HR recruiting.  Got to say, very pleasant people.  The Hiring Manager was reasonable, explained the role and team set up, expectations, etc. He posed the odd silly question but nothing insurmountable.  The HR chap nodded away as we talked about risk management, audit methodology, difficult situations, audits gone wrong, etc.

Eventually the interview wrapped up and I was escorted from the premises by the HR chap. Seeing all the staff sitting in rows under fluorescent light floor after floor didn’t inspire me but still. Anyway, as the HR chap and I walked to the exit, can you guess what he said? (*And no, it wasn’t “here’s my phone number Big Boy”.)

“Most of that went over my head”.

So there you have it, cast iron proof that HR haven’t got a clue about professional* people and their skill-sets in an interview situation and how to evaluate them. Of course, this begs the question, why involve them in the interview process when they can’t (forgive the use of the phrase) ‘add-value’? I will leave it there.

* I use the term loosely where auditors are concerned.


1. ITauditSecurity - January 16, 2017

Explain more why you don’t consider auditors professional, loosely or otherwise.

Yes, I don’t see much value in HR either, when it comes to hiring (hmmm, trying to think of where they are valuable. I never trust HR with anything).

Recently, the audit mgr in the company I’m currently at complained about the same. Mainly HR slows down the process and gets in the way.

When I was a hiring manager, my boss allowed me to bypass HR and do my own resume review, scheduling, etc. And I hired some great people and ensured the others didn’t go very far.

While HR folks can’t understand every position and its nuances, they should be able to understand the basics of a position. Otherwise, move aside and stop pretending you are useful or helpful.

Audit Monkey - January 23, 2017

A lot of Internal Auditors don’t act like professionals in the way they conduct themselves and often display a ‘loose grip’ on the subject matter.

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