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6 Employer Behavioral Interviewing Tips to Avoid an Interview Disaster

Posted on November 21st, by Henry Goldbeck in Caroline Lau, HR Management, In The Media, Recruitment. Comments Off on 6 Employer Behavioral Interviewing Tips to Avoid an Interview Disaster

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I recently wrote a piece for The National Journal of Human Resources Management, Canadian HR Reporter. Usually, you would have to purchase a subscription to view this article but, with their permission I was able to get a copy of the article for Goldbeck’s Blog. The full Behavioural Interview article is in PDF format and the link is below.

Directly from the National Journal of Human Resources Management:

Do Your Homework on Behavioural Interviews

 Prep work by employerse, employees helps ensure nobody’s time is wasted

Critics argue interviews are a waste of time — the candidates who excel in interviews are the ones who know how to sell, but are not necessarily the best people for the job. So what is missing from the hiring process to prevent potentially great employees from slipping through the cracks while filtering out the bad eggs?

A necessary and effective method is behavioural interviewing, which reveals a candidate’s experience, level of expertise, thought process and logic. It’s based on the premise that past performance is a predictor of future performance. Behavioural questions elicit examples from candidates that showcase skills and experience. Instead of “Do you know how to…?” it is “How did you…?” or “When was the last time you…?”

But there is more involved with behavioural interviewing than just the interview, so it’s important to do your homework.

Here are a few pointers:

  •  Make sure everyone is on the same page
  • Identify the key competencies and characteristics
  • Have a rating scale


For the full article




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Henry E. Goldbeck, President of Goldbeck Recruiting Inc, is a Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC) and founded Goldbeck Recruiting in 1997. Since then, Henry has built the company's reputation as a leading headhunter and recruitment agency in sales, marketing, operations, engineering, and executive level positions across a variety of industries.

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