Employee Selection Expertise: Getting Your Interview Team READY in Five Steps

Wake Up Eager Workforce Podcast #12 - Show Notes

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Overview of Episode #12:

This episode will help you in your interviewing and hiring efforts so that you can be sure to put the right people in the right seats. Build more business success and outsmart your competition by doing the things, in the interview, that help you notice and attract the best employees. 

  • Five Reasons Why Having an Interview Team is Better Than It Going Alone
  • Take the Free Top Thirteen Hiring Manager/Interview Mistakes Quiz
  • Selection Criteria for Picking Interviewers
  • Getting Your Interview Team Ready in Five Steps

Topic #1:  Get a Free Audio Download for Podcast Listeners

Timing on Recording: @ 4:00 ---

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Timing on Recording: @  7:30 ---

Topic # 2: The Problems with Having an Unprepared Interview Team

Having a unprepared interview team is like going to the grocery store in a rush...  The new guy, who sounded great in the interview and the the entire interview team liked him, but turns out he's missing a important 'ingredients'  and you end up making the best of what you had, but it's not what you intended, and it's not ideal.

Bad hiring is costly.Listen to an earlier podcast about the costs and the top three mistakes interviewers make: www.pricelessprofessional.com/interviewmistakes

Timing on Recording: @  14:15 ---

Topic #3: The Benefits of having an Interview Team and not going it alone…

The benefits of involving others in the interview process are many, and include

  • More “eyes” and insights from others about the candidates,
  • Ability to dive deeper into import- ant topic areas by dividing up focus areas during the interview
  • Use it as a development opportunity to up and coming leaders in the organization
  • Creates increased buy-in and support for the new hire
  • Improves new hire retention

Take the Free Hiring Manager Mistakes Quiz around the top thirteen mistakes interviewers make to see if you make any of them:  www.pricelessprofessional.com/hiringmistakesquiz

Timing on Recording: @ 17:45 ---

Topic #4: One to one Interview Benefits and Interview Team Member Selection Criteria

I recommend one-to-one interviews, over and above Panel Interviews. Here are some benefits of one-to-one interviews:

  • Create more comfort for the candidate to ask questions and tell more about who they really are
  • Help interviewers have more in-depth discussions
  • Reveals more clearly, how well the candidate does or does not fit into the team and company culture

Two Important Interviewer Selection Criteria:

Topic #5: Hiring Process and Five Step READY Interview Team Strategy Meeting

Timing on Recording:  : @ 21:30 ---

  • Here is an image of the Eight Step Superior Performance Hiring Process that I recommend.  If the image is not showing in the show notes - here is a link to it online.


Topic #6: The "Why" of the Why Statement

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  • What is the Why Statement: Sharing with candidates, near the end of the interview, your answers to: “Why I work for the Company.” “Why this position is valuable to the company and the team.”

    While you are focused on vetting the candidate and you’re looking for job fit by asking competency, behavioral-based interview questions, putting on your pleasant but response-neutral face and listening aggressively, you also need to remember that the interview is a mutual selection process.

    The best candidates usually have several options that they are considering. They are focused on selecting the best employer that meets their needs. Everything the company does during the interview process reflects on the company brand and the candidate’s perceptions as to whether your company is good place to work.
  • How to use this in the Interview Team Strategy Meeting:

    Ask each interviewer to share, in the meeting in round-robin fashion with you and their peers, their answers to those two questions. 

    Having each interviewer share their “why” statements in the READY meeting helps each interviewer practice what he or she will share. It will also help others who are not sure what to say to candidates share more clearly and be more effective.

    Closing the meeting with a round-robin exercise like this ends the meeting on a high note. It also helps everyone remember that while they are vetting.
  • Help In Creating a Solid Why Statement:

    It’s important to have a strong and succinct “why” statement and to share it with your candidate as the last step in the TALENT interview agenda. Sharing a powerful and meaningful “why” statement will be one of the last impressions you leave with the candidate.

    Step 1.  Brainstorm (an uncensored list) all the ideas and thoughts you have around why working at your company and in this role is so great.

    Step 2. Pick three to five key points from your brainstorm list that best explain why working at your company and in this position is desirable.

    Use these prompts to get your brainstorming started:
    •    Share the organization’s mission, vision, and values
    •    Describe the culture as dynamic, stimulating, and growing
    •    Mention low turnover, strong loyalty, and employee commitment
    •    Share about the awards the company has received
    •    Detail the exciting and interesting aspects of the job
    •    Outline the business results the company has accomplished
    •    Talk about the forecast for the future
    •    Remind the candidate of the great location, benefits, leadership, or team.


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