I believe a key factor in hiring the right person for the job is to have the proper mix of interviewers to be able to assess an applicant from different perspectives . Just recently, our department (technology service provider for Student Affairs) went through a hiring process for a database developer. We were looking to fill a position to provide support for our developers in setting up and managing databases. In my role as the head of the unit consisting of developers, I was assessing the applicant from the customers’ perspective. Joining me in the interview committee were other co-workers who were more technical in nature (server admin, database manager). To be consistent with all applicants, we have a set of questions we ask each candidates. These questions consist of technical and behavioral questions.
In my career, I’ve played the role of the interviewer and interviewee many times. When I’ve interviewed for positions, I always prepared a lot, learning about the company, the job description and prepared answers for every potential questions I could be asked. Throughout the years, I have compiled questions and answers as a Powerpoint slides for myself which includes introduction, behavioral questions, personal strengths/weaknesses, reasons for leaving current job and motivation for the position I am applying for, technical questions and questions specific to the position. I have shared this to my friends and staff as well.