I was listening to an interview earlier today and the owner of the company was very big on collaborating during the hiring process.
At several different points, he strategically entered other staff into the mix.
For example, if the applicant’s initial interview went well, he would have a couple of other staff sit in on the next interview. They would each ask a few key questions of the applicant, and now three or four staff are observing how the applicant handles himself.
The next step might be bringing in the “team leader.” This person may interview the person by herself or she may join the previous group for this new interview.
Another step in this hiring process might see a meeting of all of the people who have collaborated so far. This may be as many as 5 or 6 by now, and this group discusses the positive and negative aspects of the various candidates they have observed.
This group could even get in front of the applicant for yet another interview or it could present its findings to management or at least to the person making the final decision.
All in all, it’s not a bad idea to get some multiple viewpoints on a prospective hire. It may take a bit more time, but if it’s a key position, you may find this kind of collaboration very helpful.
And remember, if the people you brought in to collaborate are the same people who will be working with the new employee, then gaining their opinions on the candidate can be very valuable.
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