Interviewing new hires is not an easy task. The hours spent pouring over resumes can cost thousands of dollars in man hours. Then there’s the interviews. Everyone parading their best foot forward, telling you exactly what they want to hear. What can you believe? Their work history? Their self described success? Their former employer?
All of those source can lie. People seldom tell you what they are really like, they never list their failures on their resumes, and some former employers are just glad their are gone and will lie to avoid any complications; they would rather tell you vague pleasantries than risk complications that can come when a former employee discovers a former employer gave them a bad recommendation.
Maybe no one is blatantly lying; maybe they are just trying to give the best impression they can. Perhaps they just really want a job and are letting the potential employer know the best they can expect.
Regardless of intention the largest problem with the interviewing process is that you don’t know what you don’t know. With all the people telling the best version of the person you are interviewing what is the truth?
The good news is that the truth is sitting right on front of you. The problem is getting them to tell it. If you want to know the most about the person interviewing for that important position in your company you will need some assistance.
Imagine you had the ability to better understand the strengths and weaknesses of the candidate in front of you. Imagine you had the opportunity to overlay the candidate’s strengths and weaknesses and compare them with the weaknesses and strength of your existing team. Imagine you had all of this information before you interviewed the candidate.
With data comes information; not to make the hiring decision for you, but to enable you to ask better questions, make better comparisons to your existing team, and save you hours of time and thousands of dollars.
If you think having an empty chair costs you money, just wait until you hire the wrong person.
BattellCo can help you obtain the data you need to make the hiring process more productive, and get you back to the business of serving your clients.
(Guest Blog by Johnny Walker. www.JohnnyWalker.Co)