Two heads are better than one, and it would seem that three are better than two if a new study of job candidates is to be believed. Here’s what it should mean for your hiring practices.
The Behavioural Insights Team conducted a little experiment. They gave users four anonymous essay responses to a typical interview question and asked them to pick the best of the lot. In each case, there was one response that was the best, but some respondents were given four answers of near the same quality while others were given one that was far and away the best answer.
- If one person reviewed the answers that were very different, the best candidate was picked 86% of the time, but if seven people reviewed them, they picked the best candidate every time.
- If one person reviewed the answers that were closely aligned, the best candidate was picked 49% of the time, but if seven people reviewed them, they picked the best candidate 72% of the time.
This shows the more eyes you have on the hiring process, the more likely you are to make a good decision. Anyone can make a mistake, but it’s much rarer for seven people independently to arrive at the wrong decision.
What does it mean for you?
At a time when hiring techs can be more difficult than ever and competition is pretty heated, this shows you’ll want to make sure you give your team an opportunity to weigh in.
Consider group interviews where you have a few techs join you in the interview process (or help to review tests or resumes).
Not only will this help you get to the best candidates, it can also be a great motivational tool to show your team you value their insights and contributions.