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Interview Scorecards: The 411

Posted by Erin Borgerson on April 3, 2013

If you regularly read our blogs or follow us on Twitter, chances are you probably know how we feel about interview guides. But here's a quick reminder: We LOVE interview guides. 

Interview scorecardsBut like most things in life that are better together - peanut butter and jelly, hot dogs and baseball, etc... - interview guides are best when paired with scorecards. The purpose of the guide is to keep you on track and to encourage active note taking during the interview. When it's over, that's when interview scorecards come into play. Through significantly reducing interviewer bias, scorecards help determine which candidate would be the best fit by assigning values to specific questions and answers. 

Now the way interviews are scored depends on two things: The scorecard you are using and the position you're hiring for. It's important to select a scorecard that has a proven scoring algorithm behind it. Once you verify that, it is important to decide what you are looking for in a new hire. For example, if you’re hiring a PR person, you’ll want a candidate who considers themselves outgoing and has strong communication skills. However, if you’re hiring a Ruby developer, communication skills won’t be a top priority, but experience in development will be. This way, scoring will be unique to the position.

For more information on how to use interview scorecards to make the best hiring decisions, download our free guide below!  

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Maggie Coffey is the coffee-loving Marketing Intern for Hireology, a web-based selection management platform that provides customized interviews, job profiling, and one-click background checks to help you hire the right person. Start your free trial at www.Hireology.com today! 

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Erin is the Director of Marketing, Crisis Controller and Culture Ambassador (the last two titles she gave to herself) who joined the Hireology team in April of 2012. As a certified Inbound Marketer, Erin manages Hireology's marketing department, the Hireology Blog, and media relations. She is also a co-leader of the Chicago Hubspot User Group which brings together Hubspot users from around the Chicagoland area. Erin set off to Chicago after graduating from Western Michigan University. In her spare time she can be found shaking it in a Zumba class, reading a bestseller, or drinking a craft beer on her Wrigleyville porch.