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By dalton.justin ·
My company is looking into using a behavioral interviewing tool from a company called
<a href="">Execuserve</a>. While I subscribe to the idea that behavior is as important as skills in an employee, I'm not sure I believe that a questionnaire is going to accurately going to gauge the personality of a candidate. What are your experiences with behavioral intervieing?

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We sorta use a tool

by JamesRL In reply to Interviewing

But perhaps not as formal as execuserve - something I am not familiar with.

We have a simple database of questions for each "trait" we chose to interview on. So for say "Integrity" I would have 3 questions I could use. I usually pick one. If I am satisfied that one question covered it, thats that. If I want to give someone a second chance or if it didn't give me enough detail to judge one way or the other, I will ask another.

Its a tool and not an excuse to subsitute the author's judgement for your own. You have to take into account context. Often its not what they said in their answers, but how they handled the question that counts.

It is one good tool but not the only tool. A good interviewer needs to know what they are looking for, and will on the fly steer the interview to where they need to go to uncover the answers they need. No tool will give you that, but experience will.


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Well I've been interrogated this way

by Tony Hopkinson In reply to Interviewing

It said I was an independant thinker, assertive, and forthright.

Completely wrong of course. Must have been the stated for me not getting the job after hitting max points near enough on the technical, language and mathematical fronts was -:

They didn't feel I'd always toe the company line.

Don't need to see their analyses, they all started

This person is a mediocre *****.

Amazingly they described me as forthright before I'd given them this feedback. So in retrospect, I'd have to concede that they do have some utility.

Three interviews, if they'd have told me they were looking for a yes man at the start I could have saved us both a lot of time and effort.

At the end of mine, it said this person likes to travel, I've absolutely no idea where that came from though. Unless it was the 100 mile round trip for each interview.

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The trick questions are fun

by jdclyde In reply to Well I've been interrogat ...

when they ask the same thing, ten different ways. They can usually tell all but the professional lier is lying because of consistancy.

For tech, I still like the idea of locking them in a room with some parts and a bottle of Mountain Dew. If in five hours they are still alive AND they put together a working system, they are hired! B-)

It was funny the look on their face after I was hired. They informed me I had to go for a drug test, and I looked at them and said "You want me to go test some drugs? Nice to find a company that keeps their employees happy!" After a shocked pause, they laughed. Been doing good ever since.

Oh yeah, every Thursday is "thirsty thursday" and the boss is buying drinks for any and everyone that shows.

Ask what time it is, "It's beer thirty".

life is good.

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Those tests

by zlitocook In reply to Interviewing

Are rigged! I was told that I am a leader and like to tell others what to do. Worked at Red Lobster and had to take that kind of test. Well with in a year?s time the people who took the test were ether fired or demoted.
The problem with those tests is they use information from a small part of the population. And most of us do not fit into them, so they put you into what they think you fit.

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Poor results at best

by briggch In reply to Interviewing

I used to work for a company that weighted an interview about 80% based on the answers of this sort of behavioral test. My experience with the people that scored the best were that they had no motivation to do anything other than what they were specifically told to do, and were generally close to useless as productive employees.

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great fun

by Don Christner In reply to Interviewing

When I was just getting out of tech school in the mid 80s, I was at the top of my class. A major employer wanted to interview the top 5 people over the phone. Then, they invited a couple of us for interviews and sent us some paperwork. Turned out the paperwork was a 1200 question personality test. Every question had answers that were almost identical, and none of which I felt were the way I would answer. For example, 'A customer says (can't remember) to you on the phone, you feel: Angry, Mad, Perterbed, Violent. After the first few questions, I said, 'screw this' and marked random answers.

After a tough written test, interviews from manager through president, I was the one they wanted to hire. Only thing was, thet had to wait for the personality test results. Seems that the president put a lot of weight onto those results. I thought of telling them what I did and retaking the test, but then realized that I didn't want to work at a company that put more weight on a mumbo-jumbo test than fact based tests or face to face interviews. In the end they didn't offer me a job, they told the school that the personality test prevented them from hiring me and I never told them why the personality test was so random.


I guess it says something about me!

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No it means nothing

by IT cowgirl In reply to great fun

I have taken so many of those. Back in the 80's and 90's. I could answer the questions different every time I took the test and come up with a different outcome every time. Anyone who takes the time to construe the import of each question can make the test relay the traits they want.

These tests are worthless for interview purposes. Maybe OK for your therapist though...

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Behavioral Science

by the_webninja In reply to Interviewing

Using Behavioral Science to judge a Person, is useful in certain applications such as FBI Profiling for example when you are trying to catch a specific kind of Psycho. But using it in the Job Interview? I don't know about that. I have to say that from what I have studied about this, everyone has Problem Areas in their Personality. So if you think you are going to find that "PERFECT" person out there by doing this, I am going to tell you right now, it is not going to work.

I used this stuff to try to find the "Perfect" wife. Never happened. I been through more than 70 Relationships and 3 Marriages, still haven't found the "perfect" wife. I think the biggest thing that everyone needs to accept is Understanding and Compassion, because no matter how you try to screen people out, you are going to get some bad shitt in with the good in every personality.

Give you some examples. I am a really great Worker, but My Sex life is Wild as ****! But I can out work anyone. Once in an employment review they couldn't find a single thing wrong with my Work Performance, I was an Outstanding performer in my Work environment, but I dated Prostitutes and attended Fetish Parties. They actually wanted to Grade my Work Performance on THIS!!

Another time I would see people in the office for an interview and they would be total angels, but once they were hired they were Lazy as ****, and always trying to see how much they could get away with, before being reprimanded for it.

Then once I knew some HR People who used Astrology to Hire people. Again, it didn't matter, if you hired an Aries, you get a little Bossy Attitude and a little Challenge to authority.
If you Hire a Gemini they act like angels but con you every minute of the day, and try to see what they can get away with.

If you hire a Virgo, they will act like Loyal puppy dogs, then when your back is turned they will betray you in a heartbeat.

If you hire an Aquarius, they are smart as ****, but when their mood changes, Take COVER Immediately!
They LIVE just to Pisss you off!

So every Sign, every person has their Bad side to them. It is more important that you try to develop your sense of Understanding and Compassion, than it is you try to develop your sense of Scrutiny, and Contemptous attitudes. The more you strive to UNDERSTAND people, and accept them for who they are, the easier your life will get.

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My experience

by bspicer In reply to Behavioral Science

A few years back in the late 80's I worked for a restaurant management company and they insisted that all the general managers went to a week long seminar that was designed to teach us how to administer a preset behavioral interview. Out of the 10 of us there I was the only one who decided to give it a real try. I credit that process for helping me to have the lowest employee turnover rate in the company for the next three years until I left the company. The firm that designed the interview and the training had a motto that went something like ?don?t try to teach a pig to sing because you will only get frustrated and annoy the pig?. It was set up to allow us to do a phone or ?face to face? interview and have a pretty good idea of how they were going to perform. It was set up with 40 questions that were geared for looking at eight different behavioral themes. Another advantage to that type of interview process is that it gives a professional approach to the interviewing process and can help to keep the interviewer on track. Without something structured it seems that the interviewer does most of the talking and doesn't really learn what the interviewee has to offer other than good listening skills.

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Had to write in long hand answers to two odd questions in an interview

by Navy Moose In reply to My experience

Back in 2001 or 2002 I had an interview with a firm, part of the interview was to write in long hand about getting tickets to a baseball game, and the other was for a concert. I am not a baseball fan and couldn't write anything convincing for the first question, and being too cheap to go to a concert I wasn't very convincing for the second question.

I had a number of problems with this from the get go, my handwriting is as legible as a rushed pharmacist and I couldn't see what those questions had to do with the IT job I was interviewing for.

I asked a friend about it that night, and he advised to me walk out of any interview which pulls tricks like that. He said they were using the writing sample to figure out my personality and then explained to me why it was bogus.

I've always remembered that and will not provide a writing sample or sumbit to a psychological questionnaire during an interview.

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