We all know people who interview well but are bad at the job.
And people who would be great at the job but don’t interview well.
And part of being a great interviewer is to find these hidden gems.
Because you will not only hire someone who is skilled, they will also be motivated that you saw something in them that others did not.
And the key to identify this person in an interview is to focus not on what is wrong with this person, but instead on what “could be right”.
So whenever you ask a question and their answer falls short of a good answer, ask again. Ask it in a different way. Don’t jump to conclusions that this person is not suitable.
You: “Why did you decide to join company X?”
Interviewee: “Because it was a better opportunity.” (Boring)
You: “Why did you see it as a better opportunity?”
Interviewee: (2 min long answer about their work, but not selling themselves)
You: “What did you achieve there that you didn’t include in your CV?”
It’s easy to forget that our goal as an interviewer is to find the right talent, not to test if someone has good interview skills. There’s a big difference.
Hope this helps you identify hidden gems and a wider pool of talent.