Why I Stopped Interviewing People – and Started Paying Them $400 Instead

Why I Stopped Interviewing People – and Started Paying Them $400 Instead
From Recruiter - March 10, 2017

A little while ago, I made a bad hire for my company. It was my fault. I didnt do the due diligence properly.

Did I fail to interview them? No. In fact, it was precisely the opposite. An interview isexactly what I did do, and I learned very little. Given that our business day in, day out is helping companies hire better people, I should have known better. This is my mea culpa. The bad hire cost us as wellnot just the time involved in hiring them, but real money. Advertising costs and salary. It hurt.

Now we do it differently. Weve given up interviewing people for the majority of our roles.

Youve what?

Yup! Weve given up interviewing people. Think about what an interview is. Youre trying to assess whether aperson is suitable for a job. How does asking them a series of questions or giving themsome random test reallytell you anything? If theyre super slick, they know what youre going to ask and prepare answers ahead of timeanswers that are often exaggerated to promote them favorably.

Interviewees often feed you what they know you want to hear. You sit there nodding, thinking youve found a superstar. But you havent.

Suppose you own a racing team and someone applies to to be a racing driver on your team. Do you sit them down for a nice one-hour chat, or do you say, Okay, sunshine. Theres the car. Let me see how fast you can go around that track? My guess is the latter; otherwise, youd be hiring plenty of not-very-good drivers. Which is what I did.

Now, we do it differently. Verydifferently.

Dont Interview Candidates; Put Them to (Paid) Work

We recently hired a fantastic developer. Rather than make him or any of the other candidates do a random coding test that would tell us nothing aside from how fast they could code, we asked the applicants to build a bit of functionality for us. And we paid them, typically between $200 and $400 depending on what we asked them to do.


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