From science to practice

7 principles for conducting employment interviews
By Allen Huffcutt
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 06/03/2011

The interview process has always been an imperfect science. But in incorporating the following seven research-based principles, interviewers should find an improvement in the calibre of people hired.

Acknowledge the inherent difficulty of making judgments: Interviewers tend to have a reasonably high level of confidence in their ability to pick which candidates should be hired, particularly when they have past interviewing experience. However, outcome-based research indicates such confidence may be unfounded.

This is a reflection of the inherent difficulty of the interview process. Applicants spend a lifetime forming attributes such as knowledge, skills, abilities and personality tendencies, yet the interviewer has very little time to assess, evaluate and verify these.