Selecting the best people to work for you takes a lot of work.  You need to determine who they are, what their capabilities are and whether they will fit into your organization’s culture.  If you’re successful, though, you can count on better business results and you can attract other great people.

What does the best talent mean? These people are considered A-players – the best in class in a job category.  Some of their characteristics are: a sterling performance track record, high integrity, the ability to work in a team, and the ability to learn from their experiences.

How do you select the best talent?  There is no better way to select the right people than to ask interview questions that uncover information about the candidate’s strengths, weaknesses and expectations.  It’s fairly basic.  However, the questions you ask must be those that get at how people have learned critical competencies throughout their careers.  You must also align the interview questions with the significant challenges of the job and be clear about the key factors for success.

You can also add another dimension to a successful selection by asking the candidate to complete a Role-Based Assessment (RBA). RBA was design to measure (and predict) how people will perform in teams (teaming characteristics).

The process to use in preparing for selections is:

  • Analyze the job you intend to fill.   What are the job criteria? What do you want the person to do in the job? What are the expected outcomes? Identifying this information will help you to determine what competencies are needed for success, and thus what questions you will need to ask in the interview.
  • Ask questions that uncover information. First, find out if the person has actually demonstrated the skill in one or more situations from the past. Second, look for the person’s ability to learn the skill from others, by watching both good and bad samples of the behavior. Third, learn if the person has integrated the skill and if they learned from it.
  • Utilize the Role-Based Assessment. Use the RBA measures – coherence, role, and teaming characteristics – in combination with the candidate’s experience, knowledge and specialized skills, to select the best talent.