Sample Interview Guide.

Conducting a great interview is critical to identifying the right person for a job. Berke’s Job Fit Interview Guide is customized to each person and job. It helps you ask questions and get to know the candidate beyond their resume. Interview Guides help ensure hiring managers conduct consistent interviews across all candidates.

This guide will help you conduct an effective interview with Elizabeth. In addition to confirming the information provided by the assessment, it will be important to ask Elizabeth additional questions regarding experience, background, training, special skills, concerns, etc.

We recommend you do not give a copy of these reports to Elizabeth during the interview process.

Steps

  1. Review the Job Fit Report for Elizabeth
    Before you read further, completely review the Job Fit Report for Elizabeth.
  2. Prepare for the Interview
    In each section of this guide, there is a suggested script for you to follow in your interview. The general idea is to read key statements to Elizabeth, get her reaction to the statement, and then ask a number of follow-up questions.

    As you ask questions and listen to her stories, you are mentally trying to confirm and validate the assessment, expand what you know, imagine what to expect if Elizabeth is in the job, compare her to others or to people already in the position, and determine whether or not you wish to move forward with Elizabeth.
  3. Conduct the Interview
    The interview will begin with questions about key areas where Elizabeth matches the job requirements. This will be followed by quesitons where Elizabeth does not match the job requirements.
    1. Open the interview by building rapport with Elizabeth for a couple of minutes.
    2. Tell Elizabeth you are going to share information from her assessment by reading key statements to her from her Job Fit Report.
    3. After reading each statement to Elizabeth, ask her how the statement sounds to her and then get examples to validate her thinking.
    4. Ask probing questions. The more questions you ask, the more you will know about Elizabeth. Feel free to edit the questions we have provided, delete them, or add your own.
    By conducting a thorough interview and considering all you know about Elizabeth, you will be in a stronger position to make a decision to hire Elizabeth or to continue your recruiting process.

Job Matches

Elizabeth matches the targets on all of the traits in this section. As you read statements to Elizabeth and ask follow-up questions, listen for examples that demonstrate the fit between Elizabeth and the job of Service Advisor.


Adaptability

rating for adaptability

Read the following to Elizabeth
How does the following sound to you?

Elizabeth can be fairly assertive and decisive in situations that are structured and where rules and regulations are clear. She often prefers to go "by the book" and depends on being correct in order to exercise her authority and meet designated standards.

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Logical Problem Solving

rating for logical problem solving

Read the following to Elizabeth
How does the following sound to you?

Elizabeth is a good logical problem solver when the situation demands. She is able to slow down and tackle more complex issues by taking them apart and thinking through the elements logically.

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Rapid Problem Solving

rating for rapid problem solving

Read the following to Elizabeth
How does the following sound to you?

Elizabeth reaches conclusions quickly and likes dealing with a lot of new issues every day. She is intuitive in her approach, and she can easily tackle one problem and then move rapidly to the next.

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Sociability

rating for sociability

Read the following to Elizabeth
How does the following sound to you?

Elizabeth is analytical and introspective, and she tends to assess people and social situations with a certain degree of reservation. She likes time to gather information and to calculate her social initiatives. She is at her best socially when she is fully aware of the expectations and needs of others and has confidence she can satisfy them.

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Vocabulary

rating for vocabulary

Read the following to Elizabeth
How does the following sound to you?

Elizabeth retains information and is able to use learned ideas to solve new problems. She can readily understand most concepts in the workplace. She is interested in learning and new ideas. She has the ability to pick up on some nuance of communication.

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Job Mismatches

Elizabeth did not match the traits listed in this section. As you read the statements to Elizabeth and ask follow-up questions, listen for examples that demonstrate the mismatch or fit between Elizabeth and the job of Service Advisor.


Structure

rating for structure

The Structure job target is Medium. People with medium Structure have the ability to pay attention to procedures and guidelines but are also comfortable acting independent of rules. Elizabeth scored somewhat above the Structure target.

Read the following to Elizabeth
How does the following sound to you?

Elizabeth's very strong structure orientation can be valuable in the right job. She tends to be steadfast in her efforts to attend to details and accuracy and to conscientiously meet quality control standards. She is not inclined to bend the rules or to take short cuts.

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Optimism

rating for optimism

The Optimism job target is Medium. People with medium Optimism show a mix of receptivity and skepticism about people they meet and/or situations in which they may be involved. Elizabeth scored well below the Optimism target.

Read the following to Elizabeth
How does the following sound to you?

Elizabeth is not outwardly effusive or gregarious and tends to maintain a healthy skepticism in her approach and outlook. She has the ability to visualize things and anticipate what might go wrong or may not turn out as planned.

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Intensity

rating for intensity

The Intensity job target is Medium. People with medium Intensity have the flexibility to either react quickly or stop and think when hitting obstacles. Elizabeth scored somewhat above the Intensity target.

Read the following to Elizabeth
How does the following sound to you?

Elizabeth has a very high level of emotional intensity at work which can spur her to take action. When frustrated or committed to a cause or direction, she responds with a great deal of energy.

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Responsiveness

rating for responsiveness

The Responsiveness job target is Medium. People with medium Responsiveness can be expressive and enthusiastic at times, but they can also contain their responses when they feel it is appropriate. Elizabeth has higher Responsiveness.

Read the following to Elizabeth
How does the following sound to you?

Elizabeth is responsive and quick to react. She has a natural preference for variety and change, and she is often impatient to complete work. She will want to prioritize and organize her tasks in order to be most effective.

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Adaptability

rating for adaptability

The Adaptability job target is Medium. People with medium Adaptability are generally concerned about others' feelings and thoughts and may take these into account when deciding what to do or say. Elizabeth scored somewhat below the Adaptability target.

Read the following to Elizabeth
How does the following sound to you?

Elizabeth will normally make her own decisions on the basis of solid evidence and objective thinking. She will not make concessions on important issues just to placate or accommodate others.

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Spatial Visualization

rating for spatial visualization

The Spatial Visualization job target is High. People with high Spatial Visualization can easily picture and work with multiple dimensions in their minds. Elizabeth scored somewhat below the target.

Read the following to Elizabeth
How does the following sound to you?

Elizabeth should be able to use technology solutions to solve problems, although it may not come naturally to her. She can follow directions and instructions regarding technology and machinery. She has a basic ability to visualize how systems work.

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