September 11, 2008

I’ve been heavily involved in interviewing recently, both as a candidate and offering advice from the “other side of the fence”.  I’ve been spending a lot of time working out in my head exactly what the best way of interviewing is.  Below is a summary of what I’ve come up with so far, with each point to be extended in later posts.

  • Decide exactly what you’re hiring for, the role and the tasks to be performed by that role. 
  • Test for aptitude, not specific knowledge.
  • Questions need to be fair: if you’re going to ask for very answers to very specific things, then consider sending the candidate an outline/”reading list” before the interview. 
  • Remember that a good team has a mix of people, skills and backgrounds.
  • Expect no more or less of your candidate than you expect of yourself – that includes turning up on time, a certain level of dress, the ability to answer questions, particular technical knowledge, etc., etc.

More to come.


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