Hiring Wisdom: The Key to Making Better Hiring Decisions

The following is a best practice, proven technique for making better hiring decisions…

There are two parts to every interview:

  1. Gathering information; and,
  2. Evaluating that information.

But his is also important: To the best of your ability, you need to keep them separate.

The tendency is for one “bad” answer to negatively skew the interviewer’s perception of all subsequent answers from the applicant, and the reverse is also true. One “perfect” answer can make the interviewer overlook faults or inconsistencies that may crop up in later answers.

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Remember, the answers to interview questions should stand alone and not be evaluated until the interview is complete.

This was originally published on Mel Kleiman’s Humetrics blog.

Mel Kleiman, CSP, is an internationally-known authority on recruiting, selecting, and hiring hourly employees. He has been the president of Humetrics since 1976 and has over 30 years of practical experience, research, consulting and professional speaking work to his credit. Contact him at mkleiman@humetrics.com.

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