We all know that the job interview is a way of life to gain employment. It’s what we expect, and it isn’t going to go away any day soon. So, with this in mind why do we very often ‘hire’ the wrong person. In a recent survey by Robert Half he states that 40% of managers know within 3 weeks that they have hired the wrong person! As a business psychologist this of course doesn’t surprise me. When we conduct psychometric aptitude testing, only 16% of people will be above average in their test results; 16% below average and the remaining 68% will perform at an average level.
Whilst psychometric testing is a really good way to assess people, the job interview still predominates. In a recent survey that Interviewer Questions undertook we asked 50 experienced interviewers the question. What is the single biggest mistake that an interviewer makes? The results are not totally unexpected but the top 3 mistakes identified were:
A range of additional factors were mentioned including; not recruiting for ‘attitude/fit’; fear of the repercussions of Employment legislation; and finally lack of training.
For us here at Interviewer Questions (with over 35 years’ experience), having been part of the interviewer process, the single biggest mistake we find is that organisations do not fully know the requirements needed by an individual to satisfactorily perform in the job role.
And, in essence this is really quite easy to ascertain. As a short guide the following aspects are a great way to begin to structure your recruitment process.
Can do factors | What specific experiences, skills, equipment knowledge, abilities, prior training or education, physical requirements, etc., are required or desired for successful job performance?
Will do factors | What specific behaviours are required or desired in order to be sure that individuals will apply themselves and behave in ways that are associated with success on the job?
Fit Factors | Will the person fit into the specific environmental circumstances of the job? What is the atmosphere of your organisation; circumstances of work at department or area level; and the circumstances of the specific job?
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Dominic McCanny is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist and owner of https://interviewerquestions.com a professional interview platform for employers to generate job interview questions. He is also owner of https://testingtalent.com an independent psychometric testing organisation with its aim of selecting the right people for business organisations, using reliable and valid tests and assessments.
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