“So, how did you miss this critical piece of information during the interview?” I asked. Ted was beside himself for a recent hire.
“That’s the thing. I gave him some theoretical examples to find out what he would do in a couple of specific situations. He answered the questions pretty well,” Ted replied.
“Then, what’s the problem?”
“He answered the questions pretty well, theoretically speaking, but he had never actually performed the work himself. It is almost like he read a bunch of articles in a trade journal. He knew the buzz words and conceptually how things worked, just no real experience.”
“So, what do theoretical questions do for you, as a manager conducting an interview?”
“Quite frankly,” continued Ted, “it just encourages the candidate to make stuff up and lie to me.”