[IPAC-List] Manager-level interviews involving peers or rank-and-file employees

keith.poole at phoenix.gov keith.poole at phoenix.gov
Tue May 1 18:09:37 EDT 2012

We (central HR) occasionally get asked by departments to bless "synergy"
interview panels or discussions with candidates. Usually this is for a
management level position, and the department wants to invite all
employees, or a cross-section of employees, to meet candidates and have
either structured or unstructured Q&A with that potential manager. Another
variation: a panel of the existing, equivalent-level managers in that
department will interview and assess candidates, potentially picking their
next coworker/peer.

The trick seems to be, how do we incorporate their feedback and assessment
into the overall selection decision, while avoiding hidden agendas. In
some cases the synergy panels do seem to reveal fatal flaws. In other
cases you get camps rooting for candidate A vs B vs C and everything just
gets muddy.

Is there an industry term for this type of interview? Any research or
suggestions on how this can be a meaningful part of the selection process?

Keith Poole
Human Resources Supervisor
City of Phoenix HR Department
135 N 2nd Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85003
Phone: (602) 262-7140
Fax: (602) 495-5498
Email: keith.poole at phoenix.gov

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