When the interviewing team gathers to discuss the candidate, how do we actually rate them on each characteristic? A numerical rating system is needed to help us attach clear terms to the assessment and bring us to agreement.
For each characteristic, the team individually rates the candidate before discussion begins.
- 1 = Far Below Expectations
- 2 = Below Expectations
- 3 = Meets Expectations
- 4 = Above Expectations
- 5 = Far Above Expectations
Here are some other symbols that also will help:
- Use the +/- if you struggle to land on a number (e.x. 4-)
- H = You are strongly committed to that number (e.x. 5H)
- W = You are weak or unsure of your rating (e.x. 3W)
- 0 or N/A = you didn’t rate that characteristic
When the team gathers, discuss the examples provided by the candidate and use them to agree on a team rating for each characteristic. After you have rated each characteristic, have the team agree on an overall rating for the candidate.
I hope that these four posts have provided some helpful insights for interviewing your next team member. Feel free to post your comments or questions below!
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