Donald Trump & Hillary Clinton: Who would HR hire?

Donald Trump & Hillary Clinton: Who would HR hire?

In less than 24 hours we will know the identity of the next ‘Leader of the Free World’, and many are relieved that what has seemed to be the world’s longest interview process will soon be over.

But who would HR hire?

Both candidates, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, have a wealth of differing experience. Clinton has been a lawyer, First Lady, and Senator; while Trump, the 324th wealthiest person in the world and the 156th in his homeland, according to Forbes, has been involved in business since 1971 with what is now known as The Trump Organization.  His political leaning, however, appears to blow with the wind, having jumped from Republican to Democrat, and back again, around the turn of the century.

He is, however, a walking HR nightmare. A lawsuit in September claimed that he pressured employees at the Trump National Golf Club, in California, to replace all female workers that he perceived to be ugly and replace them with more attractive ones. And this is only the tip of a scandal-filled iceberg, with multiple claims, videos, and lawsuits accusing him of sexual harassment and other misdeeds.

But Clinton is not blemish-free herself. She sent confidential emails from a personal server, potentially jeopardising national security in the process. Although no charges came about, it points to lack of technical sophistication, according to the FBI’s Director James Comey.

Clinton has also admitted that she has made mistakes in the past, most notably on the war in Afghanistan. She’s also an advocate of diversity, wanting to expand and protect rights for the LGBT community, and support families in the form of paid parental leave and universal preschool. Trump’s policies, on the other hand, seem harder to nail down.

Pam Rogerson, HR Director at ELAS Group, thinks both are unemployable.

“From what we’ve seen so far,” she tells HR Grapevine, “neither Donald Trump nor Hillary Clinton would be employable in the real world.

“None of the traits used to describe them in the recent poll would appear anywhere in a job description for a person in a managerial position, which begs the question: should either of them be employed by the nation?

“No company wants someone to represent them who’s shown themselves to be unwilling to take responsibility for their actions, attacks and offends large groups of people on a regular basis and has unanswered ethical questions in their work history. In day-to-day life, if an average person behaved in the way which these two candidates have, they would be swiftly disciplined if not dismissed.

“When a person becomes unemployable they often become employers. However, as we’ve heard many times, people don’t leave jobs they leave bosses. If a business owner behaved the way these candidates have then the company would have an extremely high turnover rate.

“Aside from the fact that numerous employment laws would have been broken, few people would be willing to put up with a boss who behaved in this way.”

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