Tuesday, March 12, 2013

spending time

Last week and again today I spent time with students.  I talked about managing online resources, what to put on paper, and how to interview.

I always learn something.  Today I learned several things. To employers who don't know how to interview, here is a brief summary. 

Candidates are complaining that companies still don't know how to conduct interviews.  (Shocker).  I heard from students that interviewers are still asking ridiculously stupid questions like what kind of animal would you want to be or how many trees are there in Canada.

Oh stop already.  I get that some want to observe how candidates think on their feet but can you do nothing better than trees?  In Canada?  If that's all you can do, your applicants should get up and walk out.

Some people still conduct group interviews.  Like group meaning applicants in a group.  I don't know about you but if I walked into a group interview, I would turn around and walk out.  If that's all you're willing to invest in candidates, it's not enough.

STOP TALKING.  Ask questions and let the candidates TALK.  I had a number of questions from students asking how to get the interview BACK ON TRACK.  Stop it again.  This isn't about you - it's about the candidate in the room.

If you don't know how to conduct good interviews, go buy a book on interviewing or hire me to do it for you.  Either is preferable to what I hear is happening.  Now.  In 2103.  

Good grief, let's up our game.


Karen Kerr said...

Pretty awful stuff. What is wrong with employers?

Deirdre Honner said...

I wish I knew. And these are only students' stories.


megan said...

Did the students mention whether the interviews were on campus or for post-college jobs? There are several on campus jobs that conduct group interviews. I suppose those staff people find group interviews helpful, but I'm not sure how.

Deirdre Honner said...


They were OFF campus interviews. Which is what stunned me - one of the students left and I have personal experience with these group interviews too - along with the hiring staff giving applicants a task to solve together.