Honda Can Be Picky As Well


AP Wire 06/29/2006 Honda jobs expected to draw from vast applicant pool

It's a frequently blogged about topic here — how Toyota is very picky and selects employees for team skills and their ability to work in the Toyota system.

“We have people from across the gamut who work at our plants,” said Toyota spokesman Dan Sieger. “In a lot of ways, we want people who are kind of a fresh slate, a clean slate, so we can teach them in the Toyota way about the Toyota production system.”

Bad news for anyone who too the GM/Delphi buyouts, I would guess. Bad news for anyone who too the GM/Delphi buyouts, I would guess.

Honda is also not necessarily looking for auto experience:

Teamwork, integrity and problem-solving – not previous experience – will be job requirements at Honda.

“Honestly, we look more for character in the person than we do anything else,”Shane McCoy, who will lead the new plant's administrative functions, said.

So you want to find people who will work well with others and those who will help improve the system instead of being satisfied with being a hero each and every day. I wonder how much of that is engrained in people and how much can be taught. Are some of us naturally “system fixers” while others are naturally “fire fighters.” How can you screen for that?

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