Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses two types of interviewing mistakes too many managers make.

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I'm back with more no BS hiring advice to help you as an HR professional, hiring manager or small to mid-sized business owner be more effective with your hiring process. Now, one of the most . . . It's actually a combo mistake . . . There's parallel mistakes that you as an interviewer may make . . . And you'll understand what I mean in a second . . . One mistake that you tend to make is your questions aren't insightful enough and often that's because you're not as well prepared to evaluate and assess what you need. You know, I can say to yourself. "I need such and such," but you haven't figured out how to evaluate for that as of yet and, as a result, the questions you tend to ask are superficial. Thus, you don't get enough information from the person you're interviewing to really make sense for yourself. As a result, and you'll see now how a piggybacks, as a result of not asking deep enough questions, what often happens is you start to talk about yourself. On one of my job hunter videos, I point out that the more you talk-- meaning you-- the more you like them because you're talking about yourself .You have this emotional transference as they say in psychoanalytic terminology to the candidate because you're talking about a pleasant subject for yourself. Your job is to evaluate and assess and determine whether this person's qualified. Fit. I'm not as big a fan of because most of you aren't equipped to evaluate fit other than you like this person and you think so and so in the Department's going to like them ,too. Even if you bring so and so over for the interview, they don't know how to interview any better than you do .Sometimes even worse! So, the result winds up being you wind up that having these mishires that are very costly. Again, get into details with people about what they've done, how they went about doing it and, if there are objective measures of qualifications, ask lots of questions and/or, for less experienced people, giving them written tests that will allow you to scope out whether they have the knowledge that's involved. Not doing that has you contributing to the statistics about more than half of all hiring managers regret hires that they've made.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years.

No BS Hiring Advice
No BS Hiring Advice

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