Announcing New Lessons on Behavior-Based Interviewing

If you were interviewing for a job or screening candidates about 10 years ago, you might remember Google’s famous brain-teaser interview questions. They used to pose questions that were nearly impossible to answer: How many piano tuners are there in Chicago? How many ping pong balls can you fit in a car?

The tactic seemed revolutionary at the time, yet Google doesn’t do this anymore. Why? Turns out it didn’t help them learn the right information about their candidates. It’s actually more important for a web designer to know about designing web pages than about the capacity of a car.

While you may not be asking your job applicants spacial-reasoning questions, you’re likely asking some questions that aren’t related to their ability to do the job, and basing your assessment of them on their responses (Think: Why do you want to work here? What was your favorite thing about your last job? Or the classic, Tell me about yourself…)

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