Death to the Job Interview: How Modern Companies Successfully Screen Candidates


Traditional job interviews do very little to show employers a candidate’s true colors. A study by the Harvard Review Board showed that most people (81%) lie during interviews. It’s no secret that candidates give employers the answers they want to hear, making it difficult for employers to gauge interviewees’ actual skills and knowledge. Traditional job interviews show how confidently a candidate can answer questions, but succeeding on the job involves much more than the ability to pay lip service to the employer. Fortunately, a better screening method has arisen. An ironclad interview process helps employers staff their businesses with the right people and helps reduce the risk of turnover caused by hiring individuals who don’t fit. Many companies are all for this change and have started using these alternative methods. Some of the most popular trends in new screening practices are:

  • The Case Study

Asking candidates to perform case studies is an excellent way to assess their skill sets. Case studies put their smarts to the test by requiring them to solve problems on the spot. Applicants have the chance to show off their true analytic abilities, prove that they can work well under pressure, and show potential employers how their brains work as they demonstrate their ways of thinking and approaching a project. Case studies should not pressure candidates to do each job perfectly; that’s not the point. The real exercise is evaluating how they think and handle themselves in stressful situations.

  • The Trial Work Day

An applicant who has successfully made it through several interview rounds may be asked to step into the new role for a day. A trial day allows employers to see how an applicant fits into the office environment, how he or she works with the rest of the team, and how he or she can adapt to a given role. This type of trial run is also beneficial to the candidate, giving him or her the chance to experience the company’s culture first-hand. Essentially, a trial work day is a technique to be used when a candidate has nearly passed the interview process or when a manager wants to confirm the decision before making a formal offer. Arranging a trial work day gives both parties an out if they change their minds at the last minute.

  • The Team Project

Very few people spend an entire day working solo. Most employees are members of a team, and the ability to work together with others is an essential skill that businesses look for when recruiting new hires. Rather than asking, “How well do you work in a team setting?” or another standard question, many companies prefer to put an applicant’s teamwork skills to the test by asking him or her to complete a small group project. A team project interview can take place with a group of other candidates or can put an applicant to work with his or her would-be team. In either situation, employers can assess how a candidate meshes with others, how he or she fits into a team dynamic, and what role he or she plays within the group.

By taking the interview process to the next level with these techniques instead of screening applicants in the traditional question-and-answer style, businesses can gain a more accurate and realistic picture of how a candidate will perform in a role. Obtaining this comprehensive look before hiring improves the chances of a successful match that both parties will be happy with.

Alisiana Peters

Author: Alisiana Peters

Alisiana is a marketing coordinator at HiringThing, an award-winning online recruiting software provider dedicated to changing the way businesses hire talent. Questions? Contact HiringThing Marketing.