You are ready for the job interview with all the right answers to difficult questions. Yet strangely, the first order of business is to establish good rapport with the interviewer.
Normally, job applicants are given questions and they must supply the answers. For example, “What kind of animal would you be?”, and the job applicant says, “Hairy fungus beetle.” However, new research shows that sometimes job applicants could know the answers if the questions aren’t even asked. But how is that possible? Read on to find out a potential weakness of situational judgment tests.
Structured job interviews often include behavioral questions, where the applicant is supposed to talk about a time when he demonstrated a particular skill or ability. Storytelling is an important aspect of being able to answer these types of questions successfully. A new study explores the important role of storytelling in interviews and shows how to increase your likelihood of getting hired.
Job interviewers often have two goals in mind when meeting an applicant and conducting a job interview: Evaluate the candidate’s fit for the company or position, and “sell” the job to the prospective employee. A new study shows how this “selling orientation” negatively impacts interviewers’ judgment, suggesting a separation of the attraction and evaluation processes.
The applicant interview is crucial in finding the perfect candidate for a given position. But what happens when applicants use deceptive impression management to weasel their way into a job. A new study examines how organizations can try to alleviate the problem by selecting interviewers capable of detecting when an applicant is being deceptive.
When structured properly, a job interview can help predict various aspects of employee performance even better than cognitive and personality tests. A new study examines how a Structured Employment Interview should be conducted for maximum benefit, suggesting pre-set questions and a set rating scale for responses.
From a statistical point of view, a perfectly reliable interview is one in which interviewees and interviewers react identically to identical situations: interviewees answer the same question the same way every time, and interviewer interpret, evaluate, and rate identical responses identically. But is this really an ideal interview process from a real-world perspective?
Most people are able to learn the situational demands of different environments and apply them appropriately. The job selection process, with its involved interviews and situational tests, is a peculiar and specialized kind of environment. New research suggests that an under-examined element that may come into play, not only during this part of the hiring process, but also in job performance generally.
What matters most: what you say or what you do? If you are an interviewer, it turns out that what you do – your behaviors, as well as the actual interview process – has more impact. Candidates want to work in an environment that’s a good match for their personality. If prospective employees feel they are a good fit for the company’s culture, it can make or break job offer acceptance!