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Serious about finding the best candidate? Use these five hiring methods to supplement the interview

by , 09 October 2014
You don't only have to rely on the interview to find the best candidate for the job.

The reality is, some job applicants are very good at lying during interviews.

In fact, a study by Brent Weiss and Robert S. Feldman of the University of Massachusetts found that 81% of people who participated in their study admitted to lying about themselves during job interviews, with the more extroverted being more apt to tell untruths.

According to the study, when the job requirements were more technical, deception increased, probably because applicants were trying to compensate for their lack of job-required skills.

To counteract deception and find the right candidate, we recommend you use these five hiring methods to supplement the interview.


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To find the best candidate, use these five hiring methods to supplement the interview

 
The Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf Service says the hiring methods you can use to supplement the interview include:
 
1. An assessment centre where you measure practical skills through a series of real-life exercises.
 
2. Psychometric assessments using an approved range of psychological tests.
 
Just remember that you must conduct psychometric tests according to the provisions of the Employment Equity Act (EEA). Otherwise, you may face unfair discrimination claims.
 
3. Candidate presentations where you give interviewees a short time to prepare a presentation on a job-critical aspect/topic and present it to the interview panel.
 
4. The review of a portfolio of evidence that the candidate has compiled that proves past experience and achievements. This includes project plans, certificates, evaluations, examples of published articles etc.).
 
5. Testimonials and references from respected industry sources and relevant parties. You can, for example, get these from previous managers, team members, colleagues, project managers, etc.
 
Be warned! Some candidates will go to great lengths to get the job, including lying. So to get the best candidate, consider using these five hiring methods to supplement the interview.
 
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