Interviewing: The Quest for Patterns and Themes
May 14, 2010
Interviewing can also be conceptualized as a search for themes that cut across candidates’ decisions and behaviors, academic and career choices, and the environments which have proven to be most and least rewarding. It is the search for patterns of behavior from which one can infer temperament, personality, values, and motivation and how these have, or have not, remained constant over time.
In an era when job-specific behavioral interviewing is the predictive instrument of choice, it is useful to remember that the chronological trip down memory lane remains a fertile complement in evaluating candidates. And notwithstanding whether your interests are creative thinking, psycho-therapy, commodities trading or interviewing, mining patterns and themes hold the promise of the most golden of insights .
Robert Hebert, PhD is Managing Partner of Toronto-based executive search firm StoneWood Group Inc. He can be reached @ firstname.lastname@example.org or at 416.365.9494x777