Hiring Wisdom: 4 Things About Making the Hire/Don’t Hire Decision

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The following is a best practice, proven technique for making better hiring decisions:

If you make the final hire/don’t hire decision, there are four things to consider:

  1. The results of testing should count for 30 percent.
  2. The interview should count for 30 percent.
  3. The results of the reference check should count for 30 percent. 
  4. Your feeling, intuition, and opinion should count for only 10 percent (because, no matter how hard you try to eliminate your biases – they may still be there.)

If the applicant scores poorly in any one of these areas, it’s a deal breaker. However, an exceptional rating in any one area shouldn’t, on its own, get someone hired.

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You’ll want to have good ratings for all four criteria before you make an offer of employment.

This was originally published on Mel Kleiman’s Humetrics blog.

Mel Kleiman, CSP, is an internationally-known authority on recruiting, selecting, and hiring hourly employees. He has been the president of Humetrics since 1976 and has over 30 years of practical experience, research, consulting and professional speaking work to his credit. Contact him at mkleiman@humetrics.com.