Stop me if you've heard this one before as you tried to get real info related to how an interviewer felt about a candidate:
Mike (the interviewer/hiring manager): “I liked her a lot.”
You: “Cool, what did you specifically like?”
Mike: “She just was real....likable!”
You're a real scientist, aren't you, Mike?
Of course, you've been there - that's why I did a whitepaper at Kinetix called Area Code Hiring - A Tool to Make Better Hiring Decisions (registration required). What's Area Code Hiring you ask?
Area Code Hiring is a system for use when it's time to break down candidates related to three things:
1. Do they have the knowledge, skill and ability to do the job the way you need it done?
2. Can they fit the culture that's in play within your company, hiring manager and the team in question?
3. After reviewing those two big buckets, what's your recommendation? Hire or don't hire? No fence-setters allowed.
Area Code Hiring is designed to help you - the HR/Recruiting/Talent Pro - facilitate a post-interview feedback session with one or multiple interviewers designed to box people in and get to a credible, actionable decision on whether to hire the candidate or not, and dive deep into the reasons why.
Here are some statements that Area Code Hiring helps you avoid: "I just didn't feel it." "I just don't think she'd be a fit." "My gut tells me we need to keep looking" When you hear these statements, Area Code Hiring helps you dive in to the "why" behind these statements and get to what's real.
Where's the area code come in? In your breakdown session, every person that interviews gives the candidate an area code. First number is ability to do the job, third number is fit for culture/company/hiring manager/team, and middle number is one (hire) or zero (don't hire). (Note - the deeper dive into this system was inspired by a post Laurie R. did over at Punk Rock HR - check history of that on this link.)
Sounds interesting? I'm currently using the system and it's money - Go get it - Download Area Code Hiring - A Tool to Make Better Hiring Decisions today (registration required). Included in the packet are actual tools - including a sheet to explain the system to managers/interviewers, a worksheet for them to use in the interview and a facilitator's guide for you to get your game on while you're rolling out the system in your company.
You'll never look at the Raliegh area code (919) the same way.