Behavior Description (BD) Interviewing is the most accurate and most scientific interviewing method available. It is the "holy grail" of interviewing and is sought by seasoned and professional practitioners, academics, and the new breed of interviewing professionals determined to "do it right."
BD differs greatly from typical behavioral interviewing approaches. Based on the published research of Dr. Tom Janz in the early 1980s, we stress the importance of first obtaining a clear definition of the interview criteria, matching the questions carefully and checking for agreement between job experts to ensure job relatedness and maximum validity.
BD benefits everyone involved with interviewing. The hiring managers get better people, the budget managers get better bottom lines, the candidates are more fairly treated and the HR professionals have the peace of mind knowing that this selection strategy meets and exceeds regulatory requirements.
Almost everyone has an opinion on "how to interview." It turns out that most are wrong. Research shows that the interview, in spite of being the second most popular selection tool used by hiring managers, is largely inaccurate and unreliable.
The BD interview can triple the accuracy of traditional interviewing and will return any investment in it handsomely. These remarkable returns are realized by ensuring that interviewers are thoroughly trained, use well-researched and relevant interview guides and that the candidates are prepared in advanced by viewing realistic and complete job descriptions.
A lot of research and development in recent years (by universities and organizations such as Behavior Description International) means assessment interviews can be, and are expected to be, much more relevant and accurate than in the past. Your organization can benefit tremendously by utilizing this great advancement in selection technology. Contact us today for a complete guide to better assessment decisions.