You can get hired/pass your test but still be surprisingly sh*t..
Why surprising? Well, that’s because you were so AMAZING in your interview! You were prepared, articulate, enthusiastic, it’s almost as if you knew what I was going to ask you….but wait… you did.
Most interviewees these days are well versed in the standard techniques that hiring managers will apply to their process.
It's a bit like driving, you can showcase your attention to detail during the test but what we’re really interested in is how you drive when no one else is watching.
3 Really Simple Hints from me will help any hiring manager delve into what their potential employee might do when you’re not looking…
- Don’t accept their first answer – this will be the one they’ve prepared for. Continue your questioning with simply ‘What else?’ or ‘Can you give me a different example?’
- Competency based questions and identifying high performance traits. Evidence/Situational/Competency Based Questioning and Tasks are vital for uncovering high performance traits, so make sure you are collecting demonstrable evidence which supports or challenges your gut feeling about a candidate.
- Do have one awesome question. Try and think of a question that they are unlikely to have been prepared for. You want to see them with their guard down, how they can think on their feet and potentially show a sliver of their true colours.
Your organisation is only as good as its people, the cost of a bad hire far outweighs the extra time taken to understand the candidates strengths and development areas beyond which they are prepped to demonstrate.
Billionaire Virgin Group founder Richard Branson explains in his book "The Virgin Way: Everything I Know About Leadership," that he isn't a fan of the traditional job interview, reports Business Insider's Richard Feloni. "Obviously a good CV is important, but if you were going to hire by what they say about themselves on paper, you wouldn't need to waste time on an interview," Branson writes. That's why he likes to ask: What didn't you get a chance to include on your résumé?