Radioshack Essay

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RadioShack: Qualities vs. Qualifications

As a 1st year MBA student undergoing the recruitment process, I have constantly dealt with the dilemma of determining the fine line between lying and embellishing. Often times, given the scarcity of jobs, candidates are obliged to exaggerate their skills. With predefined skills and experiences that companies look for, previous job descriptions are modified to reflect the traits that are sought after. Furthermore, the MBA setting where people seek to switch careers further aggravates the issue. The only way to gain an edge over others would be to add activities and experiences that may either be exaggerated or fictional. It may be argued that it is not lying, but when drawing a line between truth
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Given his sterling performance, RadioShack would have recruited him to the company. If such was the case, Mr. Edmondson would have been evaluated solely based upon his career rather than his education. The details of his joining ADVO are not available, but given his prominence, no one would have contended his past. Besides, his expertise had no relationship to his two degrees that he claimed he had (i.e. Theology and Psychology). As the position did not relate to any technical knowledge (i.e. engineering or accounting), the presence of such degrees would have not added any value. However, once the issue came to light, discussions evolved around his credibility without taking into account his service and achievements. Clearly, he made a false statement about his education, but how would this be any different than a person embellishing his/her resume making a misrepresentation of the role played? His act is viewed unethical, but given that many people exaggerate or embellish their resume, it should not be regarded as being unethical. Also, the issue of going back 12 years to determine someone’s qualifications is not common practice and especially not when the person added value to the company. The issues give rise to arguments and decisions were clearly split during class as to whether he should be evaluated on a mistake he made long time ago. In light of these issues and concerns, the ethical appropriateness does not seem to come from lying itself, but more in

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