Over the next few days, we will cover the following Six Sins in the Hiring Interview.
- Missing important (and obvious) clues during the interview
- Head trash, the distraction of the stereotype in the back of your head
- The fatal decision in the first three minutes of the interview
- Losing control, losing your head, losing your wallet
- Asking the wrong (stupid) interview questions
- Getting beat in the paint
This series is a prelude to our Hiring Talent Summer Camp.
Missing Important and Obvious Clues
If we could follow a candidate around for a week, we would learn all kinds of things. We would learn about their habits, interests, routines, the way they solve problems and make decisions. Unfortunately, we can’t play Undercover Boss, we only have one tool in our arsenal, the Hiring Interview.
When the candidate sits down across the interview table, they are prepared. They scrub under their fingernails, iron their shirt and wear matching socks. They are ready. Ready to cover mis-steps and blemishes, ready with explanations of their highest achievements. And, as the interviewer, we miss important details. We miss obvious clues. All we have to do is ask.
So, why don’t we ask? Why do we miss fundamental pieces of data that are laying there for the asking?
It’s simple. The candidate is prepared, but we’re not. The reason we miss important details is that we don’t know what details we are looking for. We never sat down and figured out precisely what qualities we are looking for in the candidate. We have a lame job description (usually a derivative version of the classified ad) and a handful of questions that we hope (HOPE) will unlock the key to the candidates psyche.
And we wonder why we make so many hiring mistakes?
Hiring is not rocket science, but there is a method to the madness. And there are no magic tests.
It starts with the work. It’s all about the work. What’s the Level of Work? How is the work organized? What problems have to be solved? What decisions have to be made? What sixty prepared (written) questions should we ask?
If we are prepared, as interviewers, we will know what we are looking for and we will ask the right questions to capture the data. We won’t miss important (and obvious) clues.
Our Hiring Talent Summer Camp begins next Monday, June 18. It’s online, so, no, we don’t serve snacks and we don’t have a swimming pool.