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Page 4D BUSINESS Hays Free Press • April 24, 2013 + • Hays CISD concession earnings given back to Hays & Lehman High Schools and Middle Schools (food booths manned by Buda Lions Club) • $1,000 Scholarships for Hays & Lehman High School Seniors (19 given in 2012) • Project Graduation for Hays and Lehman High Schools • Hays and Lehman LEO Clubs • Elm Grove Elementary School • Hays High Steppers • Hays High School USMC Jr. ROTC • Hays PTAs • Hays CISD Nurse Vision Screening Training • Tom Green Elementary • Hays Athletic Booster Club • Local Youth Groups including: Boy Scouts, Eagle Scout Projects Hays County Livestock Show and Buda Vo-Ag Hays Youth Sports Association Horse Show • Eye Exams and Eyeglasses for Local School Children • Shoes for Kids • School Supplies for Kids • Buda Chamber of Commerce • Buda Library For more information • Buda Fine Arts Festival on the Buda Lions • Buda Senior Citizens Club go to www. • Buda Fire Department • Buda YMCA • Hays County Brown Santa/Buda Blue Santa • American Cancer Society/Hays Relay for Life • Hays CISD Bus Transportation * CODA (Children of Deaf Adults) Camp for Buda Students Personality Test: Used in hiring to find the perfect match Continued from pg. 1 D ability to do something well), extro- version, emotional stability, agree- ableness and openness to experience correlate to job performance. These traits, deemed the "Big Five," play a huge role in certain job functions. For many sales related jobs, for example, extroversion, or the ability to project outward, is something many compa- nies want from their future appli- cants, Miller said. Overall, companies want one thing in particular- conscientiousness. They all want someone that is able to get the job done, when they need it. "Conscientiousness significantly predicts job performance in all jobs no matter how you measure perfor- mance (e.g. quantity of output on the assembly line, sales volume for sales persons, subjective performance ap- praisals conducted by supervisors)," Miller said in an emailed response. There is certainly a method to the madness in the number of questions asked in a personality exam. The rea- son derives from the fact that com- panies can better define an applicant through multiple questions, Miller said. Companies can get a rid] view of an applicant's personality through the wide variety of questions asked, particularly when it comes to repeti- tiveness of certain questions. So, how does the question about politics really have any place in a per- sonality test for a sales position? Even though these questions seem outlandish and irrelevant, Miller said those queries have to be relevant. That's the law. This decision hearkens back to Griggs vs. Duke Power, a land- mark 1971 Supreme Court decision that made it illegal for companies to test employees on other than the job they are applying for. in the Griggs case, African Ameri- can employees within the Duke Power energy generating plant in North Carolina were administered IQ tests for hiring or promotion. Those tests were administered to spe- cificaily eliminate African American employees from being hired, as they had nothing to do with the position at hand. Griggs v. Duke Power essen- tially eradicated discrimination in the hiring o~ employees. While some test questions seem strange, Miller and others in the industry say they provide a plethora of information. "One might not think that a biodata question like "How good are you at chess?" has anything to do with (a) job," Miller said. "But scores of scientific studies have shown that biographical questions like that predict temporal spatial visualization and that mental ability is critical for surgeons, engineers, and architects along with hundreds of other jobs." Some questions, such as the pol- itics-based one, - or another Target question, "What percentage of people cheat on their taxes?" - are tests of integrity for companies. These ques- tions are an indirect v~ay for business- es to measure integrity of applicants, Miller said. It gives companies a way to avoid asking such obvious ques- tions as, "Do you steal?" Some applicants may believe that entry-level positions are the only jobs subject to these personality exams. But Miller discounts that belief. While testing within higher level positions may be different in terms of length and complexity, personality exams are still administered. Whether some- one is applying to work as a cashier at Target, or CEO of Apple, companies are entrenched with finding out if a person can adequately perform a job, and if they can fit well in it. The personality exam is the most efficient way to size-down a lengthy list of candidates. Gone are the days where a person can walk in and get a job. With the vast number of applicants vying for fewer positions, companies are now relying on computer technology to find their next employee. This cost ef- fective measure allows companies to give personality exams to better find the person that fits just right. "To reference a Cyndi Lauper song," Miller said, "Companies will see (an applicant's), 'true colors come shining through.'" Septic to Sewer: Hillside Terrace to flush septic woes Continued from pg. 1D Converting the entire neighbor- tact recreation and fish consumption, raceproject.DornaksaidHillsideTer- hoped the third time was a charm - hood to the wastewater line, which With leaking septic tanks throughout race qualifies for 70 percent principle theywere right. will include decommissioning ei- the community, Dornak and the wa- forgiveness due to its disadvantaged According to Evans, TWBD uses a ther most or all of the existing septic tershed staff have been concerned community status. That amounts to point scoring system to make recom- tanks, is estimated at about $5.6 mil- about contamination for several about $280,000. An inteflocal agree- mendations to fund projects. Plum lion, according to Fees, Plum Creek years, ment between Buda and Hays Coun- Creek is identified by TWBD as a pol- Watershed Coordinator Nick Dornak That's why Fees and Dornak turned ty will supply the additional 30 per- luted stream in the state and Hillside and Hays County Pct. Commissioner to the TWDB, which administers loan cent or $120,000 needed to complete Terrace is a disadvantaged communi- Mark Jones. and grant programs for the planning, the planning and design with Buda ty; those two criteria gave this project Buda does not have that kind of acquisition design and construction paying $6,000 a year over 10 years on more points, which may have helped funding in its operating budget, nor of water related infrastructure and a very low interest rate - potentially bump it over the top this time around. does Hays County, although Jones other water quality improvements, around two percent or less, according Jones said the county has issued said the commissioners support the The board will disperse about $325 to Evans. Jones said the county would some citations for the leaks because conversion because "it's the right million intotalfundsthisyearalone, likelybeabletofunditsportionofthe those affect the Plum Creek Wa- thing to do for the community." according to Mark Evans, project lead money up front, tershed. But many residents of the That's why Dornak said a water- for the Clean Water State Revolving The city has twice gone to the neighborhood can ill afford to pay shed development partnership is so Funds. The monies include both low- TWDB with its hand out for this proj- the citations, let alone the cost of a important. The Plum Creek Water- interestloansandloanforgivenesspro- ect. The first time, the city was not new septic system, which can run shed Partnership is providing guid- grams, which are similar to grants but approved but Fees said the board anywhere from $8,000 to $15,000, de- ance and support to Buda and Hays are not subject to the same level of fed- simply decided other projects took pending on a variety of factors. County. eral regulations. However, the TWDB precedence over Hillside Terrace. The Fees said most of the neighbors "We can accomplish so much more provides what Evans called a stringent second time, Buda learned that a pot- who attended the public meetings as a team than individually," he said. review and oversight process,tion of the $400,000 was available but over the past year or so indicated sup- The Texas Commission on Envi-The TWBD funding will providethe amount was insufficient to cover port for the sewer lines. ronmental Quality (TCEQ) designat- $401,000 to cover the engineering the planning so Buda declined the All of the septic tanks in Hillside ed Plum Creek for aquatic life, con- and planning costs of the Hillside Ter- funding offer. Dornak, Fees and Jones Terrace will be decommissioned, ac- cording to Fees. That is one reason why the project comes with a hefty price tag. Fees said community meetings with Hillside Terrace residents indi- cated support for the project. He said even those residents who are con- sidered low-income said they would be willing to pay the connection and monthly wastewater fee to finally be free of the septic nightmares that plague the community. The cost for the sewer tap and the connection fees for each residence are $562 and $2.53, respectively. Ho- meowners would still need to hire a plumber to connect the wastewater tap unless grant funding can be ob- tained, according to Fees. The aver- age sewer bill in the city is about $53. With the project getting the nod from the TWDB last week, Evans said the next steps include developing the required documents and plans for the project and holding a public hearing on the matter. :!i LEADERS AT HEART For more than 25 years, the Seton Healthcare Family has been a regional leader in advanced cardiac care. Now the Seton Heart Institute offers access to top cardiovascular care right in your community. For preventive care, diagnosis and treatment, we're here for your heart. 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