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Finding the wheat

Immediate impressions do count but give candidates a fair chance at interview and look for lasting key attributes that befit your team goals, says Geraint Jones

30 January 2014

A business is only as good as its people so it is interesting to see how firms aim to ensure that they get the best staff. Each organisation has its own strategy, some more conventional than others.

I read about one employer who never looked at CVs and just picked a few candidates at random on the grounds that he would rather his staff were lucky than good interviewees. I’m not sure I agree with the analysis but his actions were primarily motivated by the difficulty in evaluating potential employees via interviews.

I have always found it very difficult to accurately assess someone in an hour-long interview. Any reasonably intelligent person who has prepared for should be able to present themselves as a useful addition to the firm. The key is being able to see beneath the pretence...

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