Thursday, September 4, 2014

Interviewing Potential Candidates

How do you get an idea of someone's IT skillset? I have seen some really odd ways that people do interviews to try to gage a technical persons skills. Here are a couple:
1. The interviewer asks things like "what have you been doing"? to try to get an idea of their skills. Very generic questions. That's all.
2. The interviewer does not ask technical questions at all. Seems odd considering its a technical position. They ask meaningless questions that have nothing to do with the IT role, and that's all.

I guess I have a different approach to interviewing. This is what I prefer:
1. Get to know the candidate personally. Just talk and find out what they like to do. Find out if they have a positive/negative attitude. Find out if they are militant or not. I like to try to make them comfortable so they will show me the real them. Just talk.
2. Ask the easy and hard technical questions that are appropriate to the job role. Find out where they truly line up with skills.
3. If it's the candidate's first interview, sure, weed the obvious ones who wont make it quickly. But those you feel like do well on #1 and #2 above, spend some time with them. It takes more than an hour to get to know what you really want to know about them, skillset and all.

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