Ditching Old School Recruitment Practices

Ditching Old School Recruitment Practices

As Bob Dylan sang, “Oh the times they are a changin”… The question is, are we changing with them? Depending on the size of your business, interviews, and skills evaluation are not something that is often trained. Because of this, people lean on what they know and in many cases what you know has been passed down from years of “tried and true” processes that may not apply to today’s hiring climate. How about ridiculous interview questions like, “how many ping pong balls could you fit in the overhead compartment of a 747?” Or, “if I asked you to move that box of rocks from one side of the room to the other 100 times a day, what would you say?” Honestly, there is value to questions like these about the critical thinking of our candidates. The idea was, how is this candidate going to break apart this issue and what steps will they take to solve it? This used to be a decent assessment of those skills for a small number of positions, but not every job under the sun.