Hiring Wisdom: What If You Could See the Applicant’s Last Evaluation?

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The headline above was the subject line of an email I received recently.

I know most of us would answer, “That would be great.”

Interestingly enough, I find it’s pretty easy to get applicants to share this information. Here are the questions I suggest you ask:

  • Did your last employer give you a performance review?
  • When did that review take place?
  • Did you get a copy of the review?
  • How did you feel about the review?
  • What was covered in that review?
  • How did you rate in each of those areas?

If you are interested in hiring the person, at the end of the interview, ask them to provide you with a copy of said document ASAP.

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It’s that simple.

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.


2 Comments on “Hiring Wisdom: What If You Could See the Applicant’s Last Evaluation?

  1. The last review may not be a great way to assess the candidate unless you fully appreciate the context of the review and the condition under which it was done. There is a lot of unsaid things in play when review takes place in an orgn
    Need to be careful

  2. I have always looked at interviewing as a 2-way street. Whatever you ask for, you had better be prepared to give in return. It is a meeting of equals, not a lopsided or imbalanced power struggle.

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