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Publisher: © Key Associates, LLC, 2008 ISSN # 1545-8873
“An interview is a conversation between two or more people (the interviewer and the interviewee) where questions are asked by the interviewer to obtain information from the interviewee. Interviews can be divided into two basic types, interviews of assessment and interviews for information.” — Wikipedia
“Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.” — Ben Franklin
“If I was given six hours to chop down a tree, I would spend the first four hours sharpening the ax.” — Abraham Lincoln
“I’ve learned Windows 3.1, Windows 95, and Windows 98. I’m not sure I have another Windows in me.” — Tom, a 50-something executive
A bad hiring decision can be immensely expensive for an organization – through cost of the hire, training, severance pay, loss of productivity, impact on morale, unemployment insurance, cost of re-hiring, re-training, down time, etc. (The Gallup organization states the cost of a bad hire as 3.2 times the individual's salary; others say as much as five times the job salary). Leaders must learn to hire well.
Interviewing is an acquired art, not only for selection, but for learning in general. An interview is not an interrogation, it’s a conversation. Interviews are useful for getting the story behind a person’s experiences.
Hone your skills by practicing the many types of interviews below.
This includes asking for photographs, names that might reveal origin or marital status, age-related questions that might place them as 40 years or older, height and weight, arrests and convictions, what professional organizations they belong to and other and affiliations, residence or physical health.
See Illegal Questions for wording on legal and illegal questions.
Exercises and Action Items:
Common job interview questions and answers: Job Interview Questions and Answers.
Behavioral interviewing questions: Interviewing Questions.
Key Associates offers leadership training, including “Interviewing Skills.” Contact us for customized training packages
The pioneering Microsoft interview: Microsoft interview.
General guidelines for conducting an interview: General Guidelines for Conducting Research Interviews.
Keyzines on related topics: Keeping Good People, Organizational Culture, Joy in the Workplace, Evolving Workplaces: Telework, Pride in Work, Valuing Diversity, Strength-based Organizations, On the Dark Side of Leadership, and Spanning the Generations.
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