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Enhanced Interviewing Skills

Location Date Time Presented by
11 April 2019
8.30am - 4.30pm
Keith McGregor
Registrations closed
9 May 2019
8.30am - 4.30pm
Keith McGregor
Registrations closed
2 July 2019
8.30am - 4.30pm
Keith McGregor
Register or Enquire about the Member Travel Discount

Why should I do this workshop?

Three reasons. First, it will help you to understand the psychology of interviewing. Second, it will show how to apply skills you already have to conduct high quality, insightful interviews. And third, it will help you to identify and screen out candidates who could become a major HR headache.

This skills-based workshop is for everyone regardless of whether you are about to do your first interview or have been interviewing for years. (I have been interviewing for over 40 years and am still learning). It will help you 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. 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.

The key learning outcomes are:

  • Explaining the psychological framework of interviewing
  • Recognising and avoiding unconscious bias
  • Using inductive questioning to assess attitudes and values
  • Using competency-mapping and deductive questioning to assess competencies
  • Detecting possible deception and identifying areas for in-depth examination
  • Interpreting interview responses and reporting against competencies
  • Setting 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:

Course Course Date EB* Date Ready to Register?
11 April 2019
14 March
Registrations closed
Auckland 9 May 2019 11 April Registrations closed
Christchurch 2 July 2019 4 June Register or Enquire about the Member Travel Discount

Terms & Conditions

All of our professional development courses are subject to our terms and conditions.

Travelling from out of town?

In response to member demand we are introducing a Travel Discount, available for those members in provincial centres who have to travel to attend one of our professional development courses.

As a rule, if you have to travel far enough to book a flight/hotel room to be able to attend the course, HRINZ will offer you a course discount to assist with these costs: $250 for 1 day courses. To enquire about this discount or if you're unsure about eligibility please contact us.

This has been introduced as an initiative which will hopefully enable our members in regional areas to attend our excellent workshops!

The travel discount is not available for non-members.

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