DO treat internal and external candidates similarly.
In today’s economy, hiring from within might be the most cost-effective way to fill positions. In a recent post, Harvard Business Review blogger Amy Gallo shares tips about conducting internal interviews from two experts:
Susan Cantrell, senior research fellow at Accenture's Institute for High Performance and co-author of Workforce of One: Revolutionizing Talent Management through Customization and Peter Cappelli, the George W. Taylor
Professor of Management and the director of the Center for Human Resources at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and the author of Talent on Demand: Managing Talent in the Age of Uncertainty. Although companies spend large amounts of time and money recruiting job candidates, most end up hiring from the inside. Gallo stresses that many employers overlook internal interviews because they assume that they already know the candidate. But for fairness and insight, Gallo writes that current employees should be interviewed as formally as external candidates. Check out these internal interview dos and don’ts from Gallo, Cantrell, and Cappelli.
Ed Cone has worked as a contributing editor at Wired, a staff writer at Forbes, a senior writer for Ziff Davis with Baseline and Interactive Week, and as a freelancer based in Paris and then North Carolina for a wide variety of magazines and papers including the International Herald Tribune, Texas Monthly, and Playboy. He writes an opinion column in his hometown paper, the Greensboro News & Record, and publishes the semi-popular EdCone.com weblog. He lives in North Carolina with his wife, Lisa, two kids, and a dog.
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