Need to Hire Quickly? Follow This Scientific Interview Process

Jan 16, 2018

Hiring Employees Quickly

Think about the last time you needed to make a quick hiring decision. Did you stick to your hiring principles or rely on the most impressive job interview over a cup of coffee?

There is considerable risk in making a hire based on an unscientific process. Consider this statistic from a recent report on the cost of a bad hire by the National Business Research Institute (NBRI):

The number one reason -- 43 percent -- why companies made a bad hire was because they needed to fill a job quickly.

How can your company avoid this result and increase the likelihood of hiring the best fit for your next opening? The answer is building a structured hiring process that help you stick to your guidelines, even when you need to make a quick hiring decision.

Pairing together the assessment and behavioral interview will help identify the sources of a candidate's thinking. This will allow you to unlock measurable information about a candidate's core motivators to compare to the benchmarks for success in the role they are applying for.

Let the Assessment Guide Your Interview Structure

The first step in the process is implementing an assessment based on the science of axiology. This measurement tool will provide an objective view of each candidate's thinking patterns to predict their behavior in your company.

This scientific assessment goes beyond a basic personality test to measure core motivators that can only be unlocked through an assessment based on axiology.

Once you obtain the results from the assessment, you can use the data to create targeted behavioral interview questions.

Why is a Behavioral Interview Important?

When trying to make a quick hiring decision, it's easy to cut corners by asking basic interview questions based on hypothetical scenarios. Comparatively, a behavioral interview is structured and eliminates the subjectivity found in typical interview settings.

For example, if you need to objectively measure empathy because this trait is essential for the role you are hiring, there are two different approaches that yield very different results:

- Typical interview question: Do you believe that you are an empathetic person?

- Behavioral interview question: Tell me about a time when empathy was required in a previous role? What was the situation? What was required of you? What action did you take? What was the result of this situation?

It's not just the depth of the question that is important in this comparison. It is moving from a hypothetical, subjective question to a line of questioning centered on a real situation that required real action and contained real results.

This is referred to as the STAR method. In a behavioral interview, the interviewer should structure each set of questions to identify the situation, task, action, and results that relate to a specific event from the candidate's experience and record this information on the applicant appraisal form. The candidate's answers to the behavioral interview questions will help you confirm or question the results from the assessment. This process allows you to unlock past behavior about the candidate to predict future results in a similar context in your company.

The result is forming a more accurate picture of the individual's core motivators to compare to the benchmarks for success to make a more informed hiring decision.

Unfortunately, many companies lose sight of the process when needing to make a quick hiring decision. That is why it is vital to establish the process, reinforce it to build consistency, and ensure buy-in from individuals who have a role in the interview process.

5 Reasons Your Company Needs Universal Buy-in

Once you establish this process, you need to provide employees with training to conduct a proper behavioral interview. There are too many examples of companies placing individuals in charge of the interview process who were not properly trained, leading to rogue hiring decisions that cost the company and created unwanted turnover.

These are five important reasons why you need to ensure that everyone involved understands how the process works and why it is important:

1. Liability. Multiple hiring practices within the same company puts you at risk of employee liability. This can be caused by interviewers going rogue or asking questions that do not fall within the outlined structure, such as hypothetical or personal questions.

2. It's a skill. A proper interview is a skill that needs to be nurtured and developed, just like leading people. When an individual involved in the hiring process understands the importance of developing proper interview techniques, it will lead to more successful hiring decisions.

3. Equal treatment. A standardized interview process treats all candidates equally. This prevents situations such as a manager guiding a person they want to be hired through the interview process to ensure that he or she is hired.

4. Message. An inconsistent interview sends a bad message about your company or brand. A candidate is not only a potential future employee, but also a potential future customer. A negative experience could impact their future buying decisions, negatively impacting revenue.

5. Accountability. Finally, this process ensures accountability in the hiring process. You can review the documented answers on the application appraisal form, match up the answers with the assessment results, and determine whether the best fit was hired. If there is a mismatch, then you can locate the source of inconsistency in the hiring process and hold individuals accountable.

Get Results Through This Scientific Approach

It is important to build the structure of an assessment and behavioral interview into your hiring process. This way, when you do need to make a quick hiring decision, your team does not panic and make a rash hiring decision.

Instead, your team will be equipped to act swiftly but still operate within the framework built on scientific evidence-gathering to understand the thinking patterns of each individual candidate you are considering for the role.

ZERORISK HR can provide support to help achieve your hiring objectives, especially when needing to hire quickly. The ZERORISK Hiring System includes a scientific assessment that measures each candidate's core motivations, plus provides behavioral interview tools to help your team evaluate past behavior as an indicator of future action. Contact our team to find out more about tools that will help you make the best hiring decision for your next opening.

ZERORISK helps organizations build great cultures by identifying, developing, and retaining top talent. The ZERORISK Hiring System blends a revolutionary behavioral science with state-of-the-art technology to reduce unwanted turnover and improve employee performance. For more information contact us at (800) 827-5991.

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