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Enhanced Interviewing Skills

Location Date Time Presented by
05 Sept
8.30am - 4.30pm
Keith McGregor
Registrations closed

In 2012 Jeff Simpson completed his PhD thesis on narcissism in graduate recruitment.  One of his observations was that “The competency-based interview is the ideal stage for the narcissist to shine”.  The key to successful staff selection is accurately matching the knowledge, skills and attitudes possessed by the candidate with the knowledge, skills and attitudes required for the role.  The competency-based model is useful for assessing knowledge and skills but is less helpful when it comes to assessing attitudes, values and counterproductive traits such as narcissism.

This skills-based workshop teaches participants how to accurately assess both competencies and personality. It provides techniques to increase the effectiveness of competency-based questions while allowing potentially damaging attitudes and values to be identified before the candidate signs the employment contract rather than after they are already on-board.  The course provides a clear structure covering pre-screening, short listing, interview preparation, questioning techniques, note taking, legal considerations, minimising candidate nerves, detecting deception, interpreting answers, referee checks and report preparation.

Previous course participants have remarked that they were surprised at how easy the techniques were to apply and the valuable insights they gained into the attitudes and values of the candidates. This course is suitable for all HR practitioners involved in participating in or advising on staff selection. At the end of this course you'll be able to:

•  Apply an interview process that avoids unconscious bias
•  Avoid accidentally helping candidates to give the give the ‘right answer’
•  Use competency-mapping to create powerful deductive questions
•  Detect possible deception and identify areas for in-depth examination
•  Interpret the information obtained and report against competencies
•  Set up a process to validate selection decisions

About the Presenter

Keith is the Director of Personnel Psychology NZ Ltd. He began his career as an organisational psychologist with the Air Force and since leaving Defence in 1986 has been heavily involved in private and public sector selection. Keith is the content developer of the SelectorGroup on-line tests Selector Professional, CareerStep and Selector Insight and has recently completed a review of chief executive selection in the public sector. Keith is a registered psychologist and coordinates the IO Psychology Special Interest Group for the Wellington Branch of HRINZ.

About PPNZ

Based in Lower Hutt, Personnel Psychology NZ Ltd provides a comprehensive range of industrial and organisational psychology services. While not actively involved in recruitment, the consultancy undertakes indepth psychological testing and interviews of potential employees for organisations seeking an unbiased and totally independent assessment.

The consultancy is also very active in research and development. Past survey projects have ranged from simple stress or staff satisfaction audits through to comprehensive organisational climate surveys involving, in one organisation, several thousand personnel.


Keith is very welcoming and engaging. He involved every participant in the room during the course of the day, which made the workshop interactive and interesting. The workshop offers you a broader perspective on how a candidate's skills, knowledge and attitude should intersect with the job recruiting to. Recruitment/ People and Performance Advisor, Transpower

Clearly experienced in the topic. Lots of relevant anecdotal evidence. Presented in a conversational manner, we weren't lectured to, which was very nice. Great presenter, understandable material, clear evidence as to why existing practises don't work. HR & Payroll Administrator, New Zealand Sugar Co Ltd.

I came away feeling much more confident to conduct interviews and also do shortlisting of job candidates. HR Advisor, Winstone Pulp International.


HRINZ Member Non Member
Earlybird Fee* $900.00 +GST $1,345.00 +GST
Standard Fee $1,095.00 +GST $1,500.00 +GST


*Early bird (EB) price available when you register and pay before the date/s listed below:

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05 Sept
08 Aug
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