I recently had the opportunity to interview a candidate for an entry level position. It was an "analyst" position, involving fairly straight forward information management and analysis of data. In preparation for the interview, I created several behavioral questions. I thought that they were reasonable in that they asked about exactly the sorts of things that this candidate would be doing. For example:
"Part of performing analysis is a thorough inspection of the data being used. Sometimes, digging into the data changes our interpretation of the results. Tell me about a time when a closer inspection of something changed your opinion of it."
I asked 3 or 4 such questions total. Although the candidate had interned at an insurance company, and got a masters in a insurance related subject, he was not able to draw on his work or education experience to answer my questions well.
I might have simply written him off as a poor candidate except for one thing. The company with which he had interned was my own; the folks who managed him in that position thought highly of him.
So I begin to suspect that my method of writing behavioral questions may not be appropriate for entry-level candidates. Do any of you have experience writing questions for folks fresh out of college?
(PS - I tried to write the above question in the format recently recommended by M&M, but I feel like it's missing something. If someone could point out what, I'd be grateful).