Here is my template for a typical interview. This layout usually allows me to get a meaningful opinion of a candidate in less than 90 minutes. (more…)
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Too many interviews are too polite and too gentle. Consequently, you only learn about a candidate’s persona under the best conditions. One thing I learned in the military, reinforced throughout my life, is that you don’t really know your partners and colleagues and teammates until you see them under stress. The strong and weak points of most people’s personalities, skills, and judgments become obvious when they are subjected to stressful situations such as boot camp, survival training, challenging physical exertion, or high-stakes competition. So why not apply this to interviews? Stress is extremely effective at exposing strengths and weaknesses, enabling you to discern the real candidate from their interview façade.
Interviews are critical conversations. You have limited time and a specific purpose: to discern the relative qualifications of an applicant versus other applicants. Don’t waste time looking for the perfect candidate; look for the best candidate from the pool of
applicants. The later you are in the interview process, the more effective and discerning you can be because you have context from the other candidates and need only to discover whether this person is better or worse for the job than your frontrunners.