Nothing is more discouraging in a job interview than to be judged and deemed “unfit” for the job minutes into the discussion. When it comes to interviewing strangers, the “incompetent until proven worthy” system leaves little wiggle room for top talent that isn’t getting the chance to show their skills. Instead, mediocre employees with namedrop-worthy networks land the job simply because they know people.
So how do you level the playing field?
Instead of a, “Tell me what your weaknesses are,” approach, try your next job interview using performance as a base and a detailed job description as your guide to hire true talent.
5 Steps to Hire Top Talent
1. Make a proper introduction.
The purpose of this introduction is to take control of the job interview and find out what the candidate’s true motivation is for finding a different job. The “why” is more important than the “what” here because you have to be able to see the potential as well as the demonstrated ability to live up to that concept. Give a quick overview of the job, and then ask the candidate to respond with a quick overview of their skills that are relevant to specific requirements of the job. Read the rest of this entry »