We deliver valuable STEM education in a fun and challenging atmosphere, within small classes – and from adult staff who absolutely love technology. But, the only way to secure the highest caliber instructors is to have a stellar interview process. The Wall Street Journal recently recognized iD Tech Camps for the manner in which we pinpoint and select candidates best suited to lead our summer tech classes. Here is a small portion of the article, but click below to view the piece in its entirety.
Now Hiring? Tips for Conducting Interviews
By Lauren Weber
It’s not always a candidate’s fault when a job interview goes south.
Hiring managers can commit a litany of sins, such as interrupting interviews to answer phone calls, failing to take notes, acting bored or distracted, bad-mouthing their own companies, bullying applicants, or asking “gotcha” questions for no reason at all, say human-resources consultants. The cost of poor interviews ranges from bad hires to alienated job applicants. At worst, untrained hiring managers can open their employers to lawsuits by asking questions deemed illegal by federal nondiscrimination standards.
That’s why companies are bringing in coaches and launching training programs to boost managers’ interviewing skills. A relatively small investment—anywhere from $3,500 to $30,000—can make the difference, hiring experts say, between a team that operates at peak performance and one where bad hires drag on productivity and morale.
At iD Tech Camps, a Campbell, Calif., camp provider with 655 permanent and seasonal staff, regional managers were required to complete a daylong interview workshop this past winter. Propane seller J.S. West & Co., of Modesto, Calif., had branch managers participate in a two-day seminar to standardize and enhance interview procedures. And Netherlands-based Royal Philips Electronics NV is rolling out a program next month that will place thousands of U.S. managers in small-group classes to help them improve the quality of hires and candidates’ experience with the company.