EP52: 4 Steps You Must Follow to Avoid the Disastrous Drama Generating New Hire: Sift

DTD Episode 52 Show Notes

4 Steps You Must Follow to Avoid the Disastrous Drama Generating New Hire: Sift 

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  • siftPlan for the Interview
  • Sourcing
  • Sifting
  • Choose


  • Use an Auto-Responder with an Activity. This will weed out the Click and Send Candidates
  • Review Resumes Looking for:

- Required Skills/Education
– Gaps in Service
– Significant Achievements
– Experience Related to the Job

  • Phone Screen with Potential Candidates
  • Then Set up More In-Depth Interviews face to face if they are local – Skype or other if they are not

Build Rapport

  • Start on time.
  • Help them be their best. Put them at ease. No intimidation.
  • Begin with some general conversational questions. Ex. did you find us okay? How is the weather?
  • Explain how the interview will progress
  • Explain that you will be taking notes

Gather Information

  • Get a Sense of their Career History
  • Get Clarification on Relevant Skills, Experience or Education
  • Ask about any Gaps in Employment
  • Do not Ask any follow-up questions if they say something personal Ex. I was home with kids. Just move on.
  • Use Prepared Behavioral Questions

Great First Question

  • Let’s start by working backwards through your resume. I want to get a sense of your career history.

- Start with the oldest job first
– For each job explain basic job responsibilities
– Tell me anything you are particularly proud of
– Tell me why you left

Behavioral Based Interviewing: Based on the assumption that past behavior is the best predictor of future behavior.

It’s Like a Crystal Ball

Behavioral Based Interviewing Questions:

  • What was the situation?
  • What did you do?
  • What was the outcome?
  • Clarify the specific role

- Initiate?
– Participate?
– Follow Directions?

Allow Silence

  • Behavioral Questions Can Be Tough
  • Focus on Getting their Best Answer over a Quick Answer
  • Let the Candidate Think
  • Tell them it’s Okay to Take Time before They Answer.
  • If they seem Flustered Continue to Reassure them and then Be Silent

Control the Interview

  • Don’t let the candidate hijack the interview
  • Stay on track
  • Stop them if answers get too long, wordy or off track. Too Much Talking isn’t an Automatic No

Provide Information

  • About Your Organization
  • About the Job
  • Be Realistic – Help them make an informed decision
  • Next Steps

Listen to the Plan for the Interview 1-4 in the series

Listen to the Plan for the Interview 2-4 in the series

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