Trying to interview recruits without this simple technique might be setting you up for failure. Read on to find out how to quickly pick out the winners.
Recruiters, we’ve got a question for you: Would you ever administer a test without knowing the correct answers?
We bet you’re shaking your head.
Why, then, would you interview someone without knowing which specific competencies you need for the position and how you’ll figure out if the recruit has them?
After all, that’s pretty much the same thing as giving a test without knowing the answers, isn’t it?
That’s why, in a , John Miraglia says it’s essential for recruiters to “objectively [identify] the kinds of answers (aka behavioral indicators) that top candidates tend to give” — before interviewing a candidate.
How to create a metric for recruiting success
If you’re failing to hire winners, or are choosing candidates willy-nilly, it might be time to employ the simple technique he describes. Whether you have few or many qualified candidates, creating a metric will help you rationally determine who will succeed at the particular position you’re hiring for.
That’s because Miraglia’s approach includes figuring out who’s currently performing best (and worst) in the position — and why.
Here are the six steps he suggests: ( to tweet this list.)
- Identify top and poorer performing incumbents in your target job(s)
- Interview representative employees at different performance levels
- Develop behavioral indicators
- Develop a scoring model
- Train interviewers
- Implement, measure, and monitor
By following this detailed process and obtaining “valid, defensible, score-able answers to your interview items,” Miraglia promises you “will enhance your ability to more consistently identify potential top performers.”
We think it sounds like a pretty smart idea. Head over to ERE for full details on how to create and implement your own .
Do you have a metric for interviewing recruits? Does it help you in your hiring process?
Susan Shain (@TravlJunkette) is a travel blogger who loves helping people discover adventure through international travel or alternative careers.