The traditional interview process has been shown to be unreliable in predicting job performance, often due to bias, lack of training and a focus on surface-level characteristics. The Performance-based Interview (PBI) is a natural language approach that seeks to assess an individual’s competency, fit and motivation by asking them to describe their past performance in specific situations. Studies have shown that the PBI is a more accurate predictor of job performance than other interview methods, making it a valuable tool for organizations seeking to hire the best candidates. Moreover, the PBI can be used to assess candidates at all levels of experience, making it an ideal method for career development and succession planning.

As the world of work continues to evolve, the use of performance-based assessments is likely to become increasingly important. These questions will give you a sense of how to incorporate the PBI into your next interview.

One of the major challenges for this role is (describe). Can you tell me about your background as it relates to this type of work?

By narrowing the focus to your specific work situation, the candidate’s answer is more meaningful. Just as important, the candidate won’t be able to practice the answer, so the response is a better gauge of competency and fit.

Rather than asking about future goals, ask this question first:

What’s the biggest career goal you’ve already achieved? 

Asking about future goals makes no sense if the person isn’t someone who sets goals and achieves them. This post describes how to assess the quality of the person’s goal setting and career commitment.

When someone asks, “What’s the money?” say this:

Let’s be frank. If we make you an offer, it will be extremely competitive. However, if the job isn’t a good career move, you’ll be disappointed within a few months. So, let’s first see if the job is a career move and if so, we’ll then see if the compensation meets your needs. 

A true career move involves a mix of more satisfying work, learning new skills, making an impact and continuous multi-year growth. This infographic offers a good way for candidates to assess the career merits of any role they’re considering, including whether they should leave their current one.

But the best PBI question of all time is this one:

Think about the best thing you’ve ever accomplished in your entire career. Now can you tell me all about it?

This post on LinkedIn describes how to assess the answer. You’ll quickly see why it has had over 1.4 million reads and why PBI is the key to making more accurate assessments and hiring people for tomorrow, not just today.