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Are job interviews a waste of your time?

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Imagine if pro baseball teams ignored batting statistics and instead spent an hour chatting with potential players to see if they’d be a good “fit” for the team.

That wouldn’t happen. Yet many employers focus too heavily on the employee’s interview performance.

Instead, true job-specific pre-hire tests, samples of previous work and ratings of past job performance are a much better barometer of an applicant’s suitability for a job than how he or she performs during the interview, according to a recent Fast Company report, “Why It May Be Wiser to Hire People Without Meeting Them.”

Case study: Years ago, the University of Texas Medical School interviewed 800 applicants for resident opening and hired the best interviewees. Later, the school found it had to accept 50 more students. The only applicants available by then were the dregs of the interviewees.

In the end, which group performed better? Neither. Both graduated and received honors at the same rate. Both performed equally well in residency.

Lesson: Put less emphasis on the interview; test how the employee can perform the job.


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