How to make sure your hiring committee doesn’t fall apart

Without ground rules, hiring committees can fail their purpose.

Here’s how you setup your hiring committee for success:

Who should be in the interview room

According to Tom Foster, his view on setting up the “hiring team” is:

  • Don’t have random people sitting in on the interview – each person there should fit into one of the 4 specific roles 
  • Not all hiring committee members in the room at the same time – you risk intimidating job candidates by doing that
  • Maximum of 2 committee members in the room at any time – only 1 speaks while the other writes notes 
  • Every committee member gets to ask questions – no one is merely an observer; they play an active part in learning about job candidates 

What should every member contribute

According to Mark Horstman of Manager Tools, it’s worth deciding what each member will contribute before interviews start. Are they:

  1. Going to give a Yes/No decision on each candidate OR
  2. Strictly gather data and relay back to hiring manager

If you’re curious what his stance is, Mark calls for making every hiring committee member say Yes or No.

He says doing this changes the dynamic for hiring committee members.

They go into interviews with more commitment, knowing that the final hiring decision depends on their say.