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How to make Sure you Hire the Right People

How to make SURE you hire the RIGHT people Today?

Here's a vital fact: Using behavioral interviewing can increase by nearly 60% your chances of hiring the right employee.

In fact, extensive research supports behavioral interviewing (i.e. using past performance as a reliable indicator of future performance) as the most effective interviewing technique available to evaluate suitable applicants. In a nutshell:

Behavior-based interviewing is an approach that looks at past behavior as the best predictor of future performance.

And it makes common sense!

"Tell me a time when....."

For example, rather than asking, "What would you do if ..." one should ask, 'Tell me about a time when you.....You want to find out how people ACTUALLY behave rather than their promise of how they will behave.

Remember: Just because people can give good answers and sound impressive -- it doesn't mean they can DO what they SAY.

Let's take a very simple example.

You're interviewing Mary for the position of company receptionist.

The interview starts as normal ...and you are using the same old, traditional questions.

o What is your experience, Mary?

o Why do you want to work here?

o What do you know about our company?

o Mary, what do you like to do in your spare time?

Good Questions....and bad Questions

These questions aren't bad in themselves. They will definitely help you to find out more about Mary.

But they are severely limited, as they can lead to very standard and well-rehearsed responses from your interviewee.

Look, at this stage even the dogs in the street would have a good idea what questions you are going to ask - and with practice, could give you great answers!

So even if Mary answers well - what does it really mean? Is she really good?

Or.... is she just good at answering the same old questions that EVERY interviewer asks? You see, at the end of all these questions, you still have very little REAL information about how Mary would behave in real-life situations. But there is another approach....

Behavioral interviewing

It is behavioral-based interviewing. Instead of the same old traditional questions, well-crafted behavioral-based questions can give you a much more accurate 'printout' of a candidate's true character and ability.

Remember again, behavioral-based interviewing is highly effective because it examines the past behavior of a job candidate, which is considered the most accurate indicator of future behavior.

Here's how it works:

Let's say that you want to find out more about, say Mary's skills of diplomacy. How would she deal with people?

In the past, you might have asked, 'Would you say you are very diplomatic with people?

'Yes, I am'.

Full stop.

Look, you have asked her a close-ended question leading to a similar response.

However, a behavioral-based question might be:

'Mary, have you ever felt irritated or frustrated while dealing with a customer? How did you respond when customers became demanding beyond an acceptable level?'

Do you see the difference?

The 'Behavior-based question' questions how she behaved in the past in very specific situations relating to diplomacy.

It allows the candidate to give you a fuller answer - and it gives you a more accurate and truer picture of the candidate. You see how the candidate reacted in the past and that is always the best predictor of future performance. (To create thousands of instant behavior-based questions for your interview this week - click here )

How to use this approach in your interviewing?

You should always define the behavioral competencies you are looking for in the right employee to fill your position.

This way you will be more focused when recruiting. Once you know the behavioral competencies you want, you can then structure your interview questions to learn more about the interviewee.......and watch how your success rate in picking the right person will improve....and improve.

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At long last, a software program especially for interviewers and all recruiters! Hiring the right people is crucial to the success of every organization - and as interviewers the onus and pressure of hiring falls totally on YOU.

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