We often advise candidates about the use of adjectives in interviews and the subject often comes up as well in feedback from hiring managers.

One of the main culprits is the use of “quite”.

Candidate: I am quite good at writing.

How do you quantify “quite” in this sentence?  When we interview candidates and they use the above we ask.

Interviewer: Rating your writing skills 1 to 10 with 1 being poor & 10 being great.  Where would you place your skills?

Most often the response is something like this:

Candidate: I am a 7.

Interviewer: So, you are a strong writer?

Candidate : Yes

Quantifying skills can be difficult & good questions are a key to discover where the person sits.  Don’t be afraid to dig further.  If you don’t dig then you could miss out on uncovering top talent.

Some hiring managers say they could not ask further questions because it would give a candidate an unfair advantage over another.  This is complete nonsense & PC gone wrong.  Your job is to hire great people.




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