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Targeted Selection®

Reduce interviewing bias to hire the best candidates

Don’t let unconscious bias and poor interviewing techniques stand in the way of hiring the best candidate. Targeted Selection® is the most accurate, widely used behavioral interviewing system in the world. It provides a consistent, structured approach to behavioral interviewing, which reduces unconscious bias and improves your ability to choose the candidate that is the best fit for all aspects of the job. Thanks to our flexible delivery model, it’s never been easier to adopt the Targeted Selection® system of interviewing through our many workshops, modalities, and certifications.

Targeted Selection trains recruiters and hiring managers to collect job-relevant data about candidates in a legally defensible way using the STAR approach. Additionally, Targeted Selection develops the skills required to evaluate and integrate the data gathered by teams of interviewers to arrive at objective decisions that does not fall prey to a single interviews preference or the loudest voice in a panel interview.

Targeted Selection

Targeted Selection at-a-glance:

  • Fully compatible with DDI’s suite of integrated hiring solutions, including job analysis, assessment, and simulations.
  • Available in 14 languages.
  • Supported by a global delivery network of consultants and trainers.
  • Features companion workshops to certify your in-house personnel to train and coach interviewers.
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How Targeted Selection reduces bias:

Bias is natural. Whether we realize it or not, every decision we make is influenced by our unique perspective and set of experiences. When interviewing job candidates, this unconscious bias can cause us to connect with someone who shares our interests and background, while potentially overlooking candidates from different backgrounds that may be a better fit for the job. 

Targeted Selection is specifically designed to help organizations reduce natural bias: 

  • Focus on competencies: The Targeted Selection interviewing system is a highly structured process that focuses the conversation on the specific competencies needed for the job rather than other influencing factors.
  • Deliver a consistent interview experience: The structure of a Targeted Selection interview ensures that every candidate has an equal opportunity to discuss their qualifications for the job, no matter who interviews them.
  • Gain multiple perspectives: By having multiple interviewers use the same methodology to talk to each candidate, the hiring team gains a complete picture of the candidate from perspectives they may not have previously considered.
  • Emphasize behavior: Everyone can talk about examples of their behavior, regardless of their background or experience. By focusing on past behavior, interviewers get the clearest picture of how a candidate is likely to behave on the job.
  • Level the playing field: By focusing the conversations with each candidate on the same competencies, the same STAR model, and an integrated score in each area, Targeted Selection® ensures that candidates are given equal consideration based on consistent criteria.
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Targeted Selection can help your organization:

  • Drive better hiring decisions and collect and analyze data detailing the complete candidate—their knowledge, experience, competencies, and personal motivators.
  • Reduce bias in your interview process to ensure that you get a clear picture of all candidates’ potential.
  • Build your hiring brand by providing a more engaging interviewing experience for job-seekers. Attract your candidates-of-choice and improve offer acceptance rates. 
  • Lower employee turnover—as much as 30 to 50 percent.
  • Accelerate time-to-productivity for new hires.
  • Ensure your behavioral interviewing process is fair and legally defensible.



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