Innovative 21st Century Interviewing

The technology era has been credited for many new roles in automated/high tech manufacturing that didn’t exist in the prior to the 21st century. In addition, the new lingo of doing more with less, Six Sigma, TQM, Lean Production, and Kazan requires more innovative approaches to getting the right people on the bus.

Companies finally understand it is no longer enough to ask the standard interview question around a table with 4 other butchers that are seeking to rip away the bad flesh. With that said, the purpose of the interview is to gauge if this person can do the job, can work well in the culture, is able to work well under pressure, grow to the next level, will stay committed, can be trusted, works well with a team, takes the initiative, and has entrepreneur ability. The question of the century is how should employers implement simplistic tools that will identify the superstars and weed out those that wrote and understand the book of interviewing 101 but prove to be the wrong fit once they hit the floor?

1. Have Interviewees participate in a team projects. One client stays ahead of the curve by requiring that potential hires participate in a team project. This activity is no other than a simulation to determine how well this person interacts and works with a team. The employer’s philosophy is if you observe long enough, the diamonds will shine and rocks will crumble.

2. Write an essay. Another innovative approach that we recently implemented in a company is the fill in the blank, “essay” template that requires the candidate to focus on values, past experiences, and real life work situations and present to an interview panel. The panel asks questions and makes observations based on the essay. It helps to ease the candidate because he or she has a script but it also gives the interview team a chance to dig deeper.

If you are a company that has been doubling your profits consistently over the past 10 years, primarily because you are attracting superstars, Kudos to you! However, if this is not your company and you’re doing the same things and the results are the same, it may be time for a “put innovation to work” brainstorming session so that you can get the train on the tracks to building a successful business.

Accel Talent and Development Group is available to partner with your company to review your existing process and/or to build a process from scratch.

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