TopGrading CIDS Interview

The book, TopGrading, was published by Brad and Geoff Smart, following a five-year engagement when Brad Smart was hired by Jack Welch, CEO of General Electric in the early 1990’s. Recognizing how costly bad hires were to the company, Welch brought Smart into GE to increase their hiring success rate from 72% to 95%+. With a PhD in Psychology, Smart developed a revolutionary interview process that proved to be extremely successful and effective, and has since become the bible for successful recruiting in the corporate world.

The interview technique that Smart came up with is called the Chronological In-Depth Structured Interview, CIDS Interview for short. Certified in the TopGrading Interview Process, Andy brings this interview technique to his clients. Depending on the position being filled, it is recommended doing either a full CIDS for professional positions or a Quick CIDS Interview for more frontline positions.

TopGrading CIDS Interviews
Follow up Quick CIDS Interviews – Ideal for frontline and sales positions
Following previous screening for cultural fit, successful candidates will then move onto a quick CIDS Interview, or Chronological In-Depth Structures Interview. A quick CIDS interview is an effective way to gain a complete understanding of how a candidate will perform and assess their performance abilities by delving into their past performance in prior jobs. The quick CIDS interview documentation comprises the complete list of questions as well as answer forms needed. It also includes detailed notes and guidance about each question in the interview process.

In Depth CIDS Interviews – Perfect for all professional positions
With a shortlist of applicants, successful candidates will then move onto an in depth CIDS Interview, or Chronological In-Depth Structures Interview. An in depth CIDS interview is a 2-3 hour interview and is the most effective way to gain a complete understanding of how a candidate will perform and assess their performance abilities by delving deep into their past performance in prior jobs. The CIDS interview documentation comprises the complete list of questions as well as answer forms needed. As with the group interview tool, it also includes detailed notes and guidance about each question in the interview process.
I know what you’re thinking; 2-3 hour interviews? Are you kidding me?

Remember the mantra; “Hire slow. Fire fast.” You will not only save an enormous amount of money, but also time by slowing down the recruiting process (just a little) to make sure you are hiring the right person. If you think sitting in interviews for 6 or 8, or even 10 hours is long, just ask yourself how much time you’ve wasted in the past by hiring the wrong person? You have the interview times, but also the training time, mentoring time, “cleaning up their messes” time that you have to deal with.

…So is it worth it? You bet it is!

In addition to gaining a solid understanding of the candidate through the interview process, as a the hiring manager, you will also gain some great insight that will help you during the reference check and post-interview steps in the process.