A crucial factor to look at when choosing an executive search firm is the actual search process. It is important to understand which components of the process are unique. And more importantly, how does the process equate to hiring success? When evaluating your search firm’s process, be sure a competency-based behavioral interview is part of the mix.
Why Use Behavioral Interview Techniques?
Even the most qualified candidates on paper may not have the soft skills necessary to excel at a given organization. Competency-based behavioral interviewing takes the hiring process a step further to identify candidates that will seamlessly fit into the overall fabric of a company. From decision-making skills to adaptability to change, this form of interviewing is a must if you want the perfect candidate to take the job and ensure long-term retention.
Successful executive search firms will use behavioral based interviewing techniques to focus on how candidates with strong resumes have tackled real workplace situations. Behavioral interviewing encompasses a series of questions that provide insights into the soft skills candidates bring to the table. Usually conducted in person or via video conference, behavioral interviewing also looks at visual cues to gain an even deeper insight.
Evaluating Competencies with Competency Based Interviews
Often, hiring managers are not trained in this type of interviewing technique. As a result, candidates are largely judged on their technical expertise – how well they can get the job done. While important, this is only half of what it takes to truly succeed at the executive level. Behavioral interviewing looks deeper and provides insight into other key competencies that will ensure lasting success for both the organization and the new hire. Competencies can include:
- Problem solving/ decision making
- Achieving results
- Flexibility / adaptability to change
Behavioral interviewing, when conducted by a search firm with the right mix of industry expertise and recruiters with exceptional people insights, is a powerful tool. One that should absolutely be part of the search process at the senior or executive level.
By Michele Torch, Executive Vice President and Chief Talent Officer, Torch Group
- Posted by Stuart Glassman
- On November 2, 2017
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