How to conduct interview training for hiring managers

Even experienced hiring managers can benefit from interview skills training. Here’s how to build an effective interview training plan for hiring teams: Persuade managers that they need training Experienced hiring managers probably know how to build...

Group interview activities, tips and ideas for success

Group interviews can be huge time-savers. Instead of spending 10 hours interviewing 10 candidates individually, you could spend two hours interviewing them in a group. But, like any interview format, group interviews have drawbacks and aren’t...

How to explain your structured interview process to candidates

There’s scientific consensus that structured interviews are better hiring tools than unstructured interviews. They’re more objective, more consistent and better predictors of job performance. But there’s one area where they lag behind. Candidates can perceive structured interviews...

The pros & cons of interview scorecards

Interview scorecards are the foundation of effective structured interviews. They allow interviewers to take notes about candidates’ answers to job-related questions and score candidates using rating scales. Interview scorecards, or score sheets, are useful but not...

Giving interview feedback: the dos and don’ts

Do you find it easy giving interview feedback to rejected candidates? If so, you’re one of the lucky few. Most interviewers are afraid they’ll do it wrong, upset candidates or create legal risks for their company....

Addressing interview red flags

Malcolm Gladwell famously wrote in his bestselling book, 'Blink,' that “the key to good decision making is not knowledge. It is understanding. We are swimming in the former. We are desperately lacking in the latter.” He argues that...

How to assess soft skills in an interview

How can you tell whether a candidate who looks good ‘on paper’ will be good ‘in person’? Soft skills make all the difference. Soft skills are the personal qualities that make people easy to work with....

Structured interview questions: Tips and examples for hiring

Have you decided to shift towards structured interview questions? Good call. Structured interviews are twice as effective as unstructured interviews. Granted, they can take more time to prepare for. But if you get it right once,...

How to read candidate body language in an interview

Often, interviewers think candidates who slouch are bored or arrogant and decide to turn them down. But, how much should we trust our impressions of candidates’ body language during interviews? We’re all naturally able to pick up...

9 common interviewer mistakes that put off candidates

Interviewers can get away with mistakes more easily than interviewees. Candidates are supposed to stress about how to create a positive impression. Conversely, an interviewer can come in unprepared, they can slouch, boast or even offend...