Seth put up a fun post about interviewing today, and if you are responsible for hiring people, and more importantly, having to live with your results, this one is a must-read.
One of the things I love about Seth's writing is that it's almost always short and thought-provoking. But, it's not prescriptive, and so it's like an introductory paragraph to building an electric bicycle from scratch, and then noticing that the rest of the instructions are missing.
In this case, some answers to those missing blanks:
- Yes, the usual interview process is broken.
- Yes, he is saying your interview skills probably suck. And your ability to assess potential fit for your team. You = Almost Everybody, that is except Recruiting Savants.
- Yes he is implying that you track your hire/no hire decisions throughout your career. What is your hit v. miss percentage? This should include everyone you've interviewed, not just the ones you decided to hire. Who did you not hire who was wonderfully successful? That false-negative should make you start scratching your head.
- He does not discuss behavioral interviewing techniques, and these do help. But you need to practice them to make them work well if you've not used them before.
- "Try before you buy", is a great solution. It really does work, especially if it's a buyer's market.
- The 5-minute interview. Wow, what an interesting idea! But then, you have to implement it. That might require some thought. And, it's fur-sure going to require some socializing among the decision makers in your org.