Candidate Interviews Can Go Too Far. Here’s How to Fix It.
As a hiring manager, it’s critical to learn as much about a candidate as possible, and the job interview is a great place to do that. But can you ask for too much information while quizzing a prospective employee?
You might be surprised to learn the answer is yes. Even worse, in a job market that’s tighter than it’s been in many years, companies that drill a bit too deeply might find themselves missing out on a top performer.
How interviews can get off track
Of course, it’s important to fully understand a candidate’s background, work history, and skill set. But it’s also possible to go too far in seeking that information.
For instance: you’re interviewing a professional that’s held steady employment for the past decade. That person has shown results in their role, and perhaps gained increasing levels of responsibility along the way. However, there’s something nagging at you. Ten years ago, they left a position and there was a break before they were re-employed.
While it may be instructive to ask why, significantly more weight should be given to the candidate’s current work history – 10 years of solid experience without a gap is far more important than what happened long ago. Further, the candidate has likely grown since then, as evidenced by their most recent professional employment. A great candidate should not be turned away because of some arbitrary factor, particularly one from the distant past.
3 steps for improving the interview process
Ensuring that hiring managers focus on the essential elements of an interview is in the best interests of an organization. Here are three strategies for making that happen.
Amid a fierce competition for employees, it’s vital that your interview process is firing on all cylinders. The expert team at Alaant works with great companies every day to help make that happen. Is your organization in need of a tune-up? Contact us today and let’s get the conversation started!
Miriam Dushane, Managing Partner
Miriam is all in when it comes to doing whatever she can to help the Capital District grow and thrive. She is passionate about helping talented professionals find the right job and her work in the community is focused on furthering our area as a center of economic vitality. Miriam likes to garden and care for her pets. She is a member of an adult-only skate group where she rollerblades every week. She loves the Mets! And she is obsessed with vacuum cleaners; she really likes to vacuum and has 6 right now.