How to Build Your Interview Process Like the Perfect Thanksgiving Meal

Posted by  Vicki Marlan


I’m looking forward to Thanksgiving this year because my family is spread across the country these days and we don’t get together as much as I’d like. Thanksgiving is a great excuse to bring families across America to the dinner table together for a huge, delicious meal once a year. Because I will be hosting the meal this year, I was researching seasonal recipes and somewhere between reading about pumpkin pie and candied sweet potatoes I got to thinking about the predictability of Thanksgiving and how it is surprisingly similar to the interview process that many of my clients have implemented at their organizations.

Believe it or not, Thanksgiving and behavioral-based interviewing have a lot in common; read on to find out how.


Interview Training Tips to Tackle 3 Common Hiring Challenges

Posted by  Rachel Reid

There are many resources that provide tips and guidance for interviewees to overcome challenges in an interview. However, it is also important to note that the interviewer also faces challenges. I’m sure everyone can think of one challenge that they struggle with when interviewing candidates. Whether it is for an entry-level position or an executive position, we all have obstacles. During one of our recent interview training workshops, recruiters and HR professionals shared common challenges they face when conducting interviews. It’s important to know how to overcome these challenges because a poor fit can be very costly to any organization. The interview is usually the final step before making an offer and the last chance to gather data about a candidate before a decision is made. 

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Why Behavioral-Based Interviews Improve Your Hiring Strategy

Posted by  Alissa Parr, Ph.D.

What do you get when you pair an interviewer who isn’t using a structured, behavioral-based interviews with a sarcastic job candidate?  This:


Are You Making One of These 4 Interviewing Errors When Hiring?

Posted by  Megan Why

interview-error.jpgInterviewing is the most common form of assessment when identifying new hires for any organization. When a hiring manager is talking to candidates, there are many things that they can do to make sure they use the time productively. Even the best interviewer can make mistakes in the interview process. Often, just being aware of the interview pitfalls can help even the most experienced interviewer perfect his or her skills. Here are some common errors to avoid during the interview process.


Avoid 90% of Interviewing Mistakes With This Simple Acronym

Posted by  Jaclyn Menendez

interview-mistakes.jpgInterviews are a fantastic way to gain insight about an applicant, but it can be tough to remember all the different best practices. Obviously you want to end up with useful information that will be helpful in your hiring decision, but how can you maximize that likelihood? When you’re deep in conversation with the applicant, what are the most important things to remember to keep the interview on track?

That’s where F.I.S.H. comes in. Keep this acronym in mind while conducting interviews, and you’ll eliminate a significant amount of the biases that can infect your effectiveness. Here’s what to avoid:


How to Build a Better Interview

Posted by  Greg Kedenburg

interview-day.jpgAs one of the most critical pieces of the hiring process, the interview has the potential to be a ‘make or break’ situation for a large number of candidates. Those that have made it past any screening tools or assessments in place are qualified for the most part, and the interview is one of the last big hurdles they need to jump. Like most other aspects of hiring, however, there are countless different methods of interviewing, all with proponents that will swear by their preferred option.

While there may not be a one size fits all, objectively “right” style of interviewing for every context, there are certainly some ways in which you can maximize the effectiveness of the interview. More often than not, the candidate is coming in on their own time, and as the hiring manager, you’ve scheduled time out of your busy day to conduct the interview, so there’s no reason not to attempt to make the most of everyone’s time. Below are some recommendations to help understand how to build a more effective interview.


How to Make Skype Interviews as Accurate as In-Person Interviews

Posted by  Rose Keith

iStock_000025394406_Small.jpgIs it possible to conduct an accurate interview via Skype? Many of today’s candidates don’t always live in the same city where the job they’re applying for is. This presents a challenge for hiring managers who want to be able to interview qualified candidates in person, but don’t want to spend the money and time to bring them in for an in-person interview. A lot of companies are turning to Skype (or something similar) to conduct an interview that is more telling than a phone interview, but is more cost-effective than paying for the candidate to travel for the interview.

Does Skype work, though? We think it can. The keys to making Skype interviews effective are:


5 Interview Tips to Help You Probe Around Vague Candidate Responses

Posted by  Connie Gentry

candidate-interview.jpgMost of us remember having stretched the truth or given “half-truths” to our parents when we didn’t’ really want them to know the whole story. Those of us with children of our own may even be pretty good at knowing when they’re being honest or hiding something. However, it is not always easy to tell during an interview when a candidate is exaggerating or not being completely truthful about a response.

It’s easy to get caught up accepting candidate responses at face value; everyone typically has their best self on display when they’re in an interview setting, and this may ring particularly true for candidates who are very charismatic, convincing, and likable. There are also a lot of blogs and tips out there to help interviewees answer difficult questions and come across as polished, confident, and trustworthy.


How to Master Behavioral Interviewing

Posted by  Alissa Parr, Ph.D.

behavioral-interviewing.jpgKnowing the basics of behavioral interviewing is a good start. But, how do you fully master behavioral interviewing so you feel confident going into each interview? Back in 1993, an article was published by Ericsson and colleagues suggesting that you need 10,000 hours of practice in order to become an expert in almost anything. This theory became mainstream when Malcolm Gladwell published Outliers and pushed for the merit in this idea. Macklemore even has a song written about it, so the theory clearly has been popularized, and is legitimate, of course.


The Proof Why Your Company Should Be Using Behavioral Interviewing

Posted by  Alissa Parr, Ph.D.

behavioral-interview.jpgQuick question: What’s the easiest step that you can implement in a hiring process outside of a basic application?

Answer: Interviewing.

Another question: what’s the step in the hiring process that has the most likelihood of being legally challenged?

Answer: Interviewing.

In a review of 158 cases in the U.S. Federal Court involving hiring discrimination from 1978 to 1997, results found that unstructured interviews were challenged much more than any of the other 8 selection devices included in the review. Sixty percent of cases involved unstructured interviews. Of these 81 cases involving unstructured interviews, the challenge was successful in 59% of the cases and the organizations were found at fault. Meaning, there’s a lot of legal risk associated with unstructured interviews.


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