How To Interview (1min read)

Frost Nixon

Most interviewers rely on their gut instinct and first impression to determine who they like in an interview. The rest of the interview then simply confirms that prior instinct. However, there is no evidence that this works at all. Indeed, the seminal paper on which interview techniques work best show that the following DO NOT work:

  • Brain teaser questions (how many golf balls fit in a plane)
  • Unstructured questions (ask different questions for each candidate and asking whatever comes to mind)
  • Years of experience beyond 5 years
  • Age
  • Interests
  • Handwriting

However, the following DO reveal something that predicts work performance:

  • General intelligence tests
  • Questions and tests around how conscientious someone is
  • Getting someone to do a sample of work
  • Structured questions (fixed format and set of questions to be asked for every candidate)

The seminal paper was written by Schmidt and Hunter in 1998 and was titled: “The Validity and Utility of Selection Methods in Personnel Psychology: Practical and Theoretical Implications of 85 Years of Research Findings”

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