Values Based Hiring (Part 2)

24 February 2020

You are ready to hire the right staff to provide high quality, person-centered care and support services.  You’ve made a short-list of candidates, and you want to move forward with values-based hiring. So now the question is: how does a values-based employment interview differ from a traditional one?


Traditional Interviews

In a traditional interview, the questions are typically generic ones that focus on the past, such as:

  • Can you tell me a bit about yourself and your background?
  • What is your greatest weakness?
  • What are some of your greatest strengths?
  • Where do you see yourself in 5 years?


VBI Goes Beyond ‘How’ and ‘Why’

Meanwhile, a values-based interview (VBI) goes beyond the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of decisions made in the past. Yes, VBI might make use of a past-orientated question such as “Can you tell me about a time in the past you had a conflict with a co-worker and how you resolved it?” But unlike traditional interviewing, VBI goes a step further and tries to uncover the reasons behind the behavior, and the lessons learned for the future.

Some examples of VBI questions might include:

  • What would be the main rewards you feel that you would get from this role?
  • Can you tell me about a situation where it was important you worked as part of a team? How could you re-create that?
  • Can you talk us through a situation where you felt you were successful? Why do you think it was a success? How could you repeat that success in the future?


Putting it all Together

When an organization uses VBI to select job candidates, it demonstrates an ongoing commitment to the values and behaviors which

  • help create a safer environment for clients
  • retain skilled workers
  • improve worker satisfaction
  • build strong teams


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