The hiring dilemma: How to choose between seemingly equal candidates

By Murray Bandura
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 12/16/2002

It’s a dilemma many employers would like to have: You’ve found more than one strong candidate for a position. And even though you have a hiring process designed to narrow the field — you’ve determined the key skills required, created a precise job description and carefully evaluated leading contenders — you still find yourself with two seemingly equal candidates. While it’s a good “problem” to have, it makes a hiring decision more complicated. Fortunately, there are guidelines to help make the best choice.

Look beneath the surface

First, invite both candidates back for another interview. Before each meeting, prepare targeted questions focusing on the characteristics essential to the position.