Hiring managers are missing red flags when it comes to interviewing candidates. Nearly two-thirds come to regret their decisions according to a new DDI survey, "Are You Failing the Interview?" The survey studied the interview habits of both interviewers and interviewees. Their responses led to some interesting findings:
Interviewers often make hasty decisions. Forty-seven percent of interviewers spend less than 30 minutes reviewing a candidate’s interview results with others before making a decision. Just think, in the time it takes you to watch your favorite TV show or have an extra-cheese-and pepperoni pizza delivered to your home, employers are making million-dollar hiring decisions.
One of the biggest issues at play is the lack of training and the heavy reliance on “gut instinct.” Although “informal on-the-job training” (48 percent) is the most common way interviewers have been prepared to conduct interviews, “I use my instinct” (44 percent) was selected by U.S. interviewers as the methodology of choice. All told, 58 percent of interviewers report having either no interviewer skills training or relying on their instincts.
Other key findings from the survey:
- Almost half of all interviewers are not formally trained—and it makes a big difference in their decision-making ability.
- Interviewers think they are doing a better job than they really are.
- Common interviewer techniques turn candidates off.
- Interviewers are increasingly relying on information gathered from social networking sites to make hiring decisions.
- 64% of managers fear they’re missing key information about a candidate
- 30-40% of managers don’t recognize illegal questions
To view the full survey, go to "Are you failing the interview?"