I consider interviewing one of my weaker skill areas and I admit that my primary interview tool is my 'gut' - with (of course) mixed results. I have hired superstars, and have had some train wrecks.
I have been working through the interview casts - including the cast on behavioral interviewing - and am going to use the techniques immediately.
Two thoughts came to mind - how to practice before my next candidate interview this week, and, should I 're-hire' my current staff.
Is it a crazy idea to use some of my O3 time to ask behavioral questions of my current directs?
For instance, I am concerned that one of my more junior PMs could be more effective keeping project goals in focus and managing distractions.
So I would ask an candidate the question like this:
"We manage many projects, and are often drowned in work. Share with me an example of you demonstrating a clear goal and ignoring distractions"
Could you ask a current direct the same basic question this way:
"You manage many projects, and mention that you are often drowned in work. Tell me how you stay focused on project deliverables and ignore distractions"
So two questions:
- Would this be an effective way to practice the behavioral interview technique?
- Is it effective to continuously be re-interviewing your current staff?