I'm looking for ideas on recruitment and selection.
Specifically, I'm in India, recruiting for entry level marketing and sales positions. The demand for jobs is such that even after the initial screening by the recruiting agency, I can still end up with 100 good candidates for 5 positions.
It will be difficult to quickly rank candidates at this stage. They will all have similar education and work experience and many candidates take coaching classes on 'the right things to say in an interview', so initial interview performance can be quite similar. Conducting detailed interviews to push them past these set responses (while still keeping them comfortable) will be very time consuming.
Bigger companies here usually use computerised tests at this stage, to measure logical reasoning and verbal skills, but i don't have the scale for something like that.
Phone interviews are difficult as many people don't own landline phones, so you are subject to cell phone network drop-outs. Further, many people find it difficult to find a quiet place to talk, due to the population living density, so there is always traffic/people noise in the background.
So I am looking for creative ideas for selection that can help push the candidates beyond the canned responses they have been coached in, which will also allow me to identify top candidates, who can then go on to formal interviews.
Has anyone had success with group interviews - one/two interviewers asking questions one by one to a group of candidates?
Some of the more creative ideas i have been given:
- Put them in groups and ask them to write and perform a one-act play in one hour - to look at their creativity and personal interaction skills
- Put them in groups and ask them to prepare and present a marketing plan for a random product (assessing them on thought process, rather than technical skills)
Can anyone suggest any other ideas that have worked for them?