A typical job interview is little more than a social call with some predictable choreography. A conference-room meeting, a pristine résumé and the standard questions: Where do you want to be in five years? What do you consider your biggest failure?
Add in some small talk — maybe the candidate and the interviewer have something in common, like an alma mater or an acquaintance from an earlier job — and that’s largely it. So, an offer is made, and fingers are crossed that everything works out. Cue that sinking feeling: You start wondering if hiring this person was a mistake.
Of course, there’s a better way. Here are three principles that can help you hire the right person:
1. Be creative. Every candidate will be prepared for commonplace interview questions. Find new ways to truly understand how a person thinks.
2. Be challenging. Put the candidate in situations where they are more likely to show their true selves.
3. Allow your employees to help. You are not the only person who is going to have to work with this candidate. There is likely already a team of employees you trust that will have to interact with him or her every day. Their opinion should matter.