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7 Rules for Job Interview Questions That Result in Great Hires

Peg helps people make great hires by providing experienced, independent panelists for recruitment processes. Recruiting is an investment that you want to pay off. This article looks at how interviews have evolved and how the tired old questions and approaches of past panels should be replaced with more innovative and considered hiring process. Getting the best person for the job is best achieved when panels have a hiring strategy and know what to look for. This HBR article by John Sullivan can be read in full here or as an extract below.


Extract: Some of the long-held ideas about how to conduct interviews are no longer accurate. For example, there’s no such thing as a surprise interview question anymore... candidates now routinely prepare and video their practice interviews to the point where their responses are universally impressive, if not genuine or accurate. It’s not just surprise questions that are a thing of the past. Research... has proven that “brainteaser questions” can contribute to a costly miss-hire, that having a candidate meet any more than four interviewers doesn’t increase new-hire quality, and that for many jobs, factors like grades, test scores, and schools attended don’t predict success in the position. So it’s time to rethink your interview questions with a focus on work-related questions that are harder to prepare for and to fake an answer to.