Most interviews go something like this…
I’ve hired hundreds of people over the past five years at LinkedIn. And I’ve learned that the best way to assess talent is to give a candidate 48 hours to complete a task that replicates the job they’re interviewing for.
We’ve implemented this concept for numerous roles: sales people do mock client meetings, marketers design marketing programs and analysts get problem sets that they must bring in to discuss. Guess what? It’s highly predictive of job competence... so much so that for many roles we’ve made this the first interaction so we don’t spend hours falling in love with candidates only to realize that they don’t nail the core job capability.
Here are some tips for creating a great “homework assignment.” Obviously different roles call for different needs, and the more senior the role, the more work it takes to craft the assignment. But here are some general best practices:
1) Ask a range of questions, some highly specific and some more open-ended. See if they can get the basic answer right, and whether they can deal with more vague issues.
4) Spend most of the time with them in person asking questions that you did not ask in the assignment. In an hour-long interview, perhaps 20 minutes should be spent discussing the answers themselves, while another 40 should be spent expanding the question.
By the way, a side benefit of this is that people get a real sense of what the work is like. Most people who turn out to be stars LOVE this process because it's both challenging and reflects the kind of work that they inherently enjoy. If they don't like the assignment, they probably won't love the job.
Of course, once you find someone who nails this, you need to continue your assessment on cultural fit, motivations, aspirations, etc. But this can be an incredibly helpful guidepost for you to hire amazing people consistently.
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Originally Posted On: Linked IN By: Daniel Shapero
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