IdealistHR: Behavioral interviews; office gift exchanges

This month’s IdealistHR newsletter is hot off the presses! November’s issue features an article about behavioral interviews (Does your hiring process need an overhaul?) and another about alternatives to the “potentially stomach-knotting office gift exchange” (‘Tis the season…).


"Oh look! A barking hot dog steamer!" Don't let this happen at your office. (Photo: Jonathan Lidbeck, Flickr/Creative Commons)

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Comments (2)

  1. Timothy Ray writes:
    December 1, 2011 at 11:16 am

    So, what is meant by the term “behavioral interview” anyway, and how is this different from carefully observing the behavior of a candidate during a regular job interview?

  2. Idealist writes:
    December 5, 2011 at 11:12 am

    Hi Timothy, We go deep into the subject of behavioral interviews in our recent article on

    “Behavioral interviewing enables you to deeply evaluate candidates’ past work experiences, their knowledge, and their behaviors in order to accurately predict how they will perform in your organization. This type of system may include evaluation of their theoretical knowledge, but it also focuses on their behaviors and results in various situations…For instance, a behavioral interview question wouldn’t just ask what someone thinks makes a successful grant writer, it would also ask how the person demonstrated those techniques in a specific situation, and what the end result was.”

    Read more at:

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