W.H. Gurley Associates recommends the use of behavioral interviewing to assess a candidate. This type of interview, which is based on the premise that past behaviors are an excellent predictor of future performance, complements other evaluation methods such as résumé reviews and reference checks.
To prepare for a behavioral interview, define the competencies that an ideal candidate will possess in the following categories:
Next, develop a series of questions that will enable you to determine if the candidate has these competencies. Using the behavioral interviewing method, these questions may take the form of:
Responses will reveal how a candidate faces on-the-job challenges as well as the strength of his or her unique combination of content-based, functional, and adaptive competencies.For additional guidance in defining competencies and structuring an interview, please contact Herschel, George or Joel.
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