If we want to get better at golf, we need to practice. We can’t just go to the course, play one round, wait six months to play again and hope to be any better. To improve our game, we need to practice, play, and perhaps even get a coach.
The same is true when it comes to interviewing job applicants. You can’t just do it today and then wait until you have another job to fill and expect that you’ll improve. In order to be an effective interviewer and make sound hiring decisions, you need to:
- Practice (do it regularly).
- Use hiring tools (testing, structured interviews, reference checks, etc.) to gather more and better information.
- Get some training and/or coaching.
- With the applicant’s permission, video an interview and ask peers for critiques.
- Keep score. (Are you over or under par when it comes to hiring winners? The pros get it right about 83% of the time.)
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