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Are You Failing the Interview?

Every day, companies like yours are being bombarded with applications for every available positiona formula that doesn’t make it any easier to find the right person. In fact, many hiring managers are concerned that they’re missing red flags about candidates, leading them to make a mistake that two-thirds of them fear they’ll come to regret.

In late 2008, DDI surveyed more than 3,500 job seekers and 1,900 interviewers about the interview process. The result is, “Are You Failing the Interview,” a new study exploring how hiring managers think they’re doing in the interview process and examining candidate reactions to interviewing practices. The authors are Scott Erker, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Selection Solutions Group and Kelli Buczynski, Manager, Selection Solutions Group.

According to the research, an overwhelming number of interviewers are confident in their interviewing skills and their ability to make a sound hiring decision. However, when asked specifically about common interviewing pitfalls, it became apparent that they may not be faring quite as well.

A few findings from the survey:

  • 64 percent of managers fear they’re missing key information about a candidate
  • 44 percent of managers rely on their gut instinct to make a decision
  • 47 percent of managers make hiring decisions in 30 minutes or less
  • 30 to 40 percent of managers don’t recognize illegal questions

To explore the survey for yourself, download it now.

And for help ensuring that your interviewers are helping—not hurting—your selection processes, learn more about Targeted Selection®, DDI’s behavioral interviewing system.


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