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5 Ways To Evaluate Interpersonal Skills in Executive Candidates

Camille Fetter

Reach the most accurate evaluation of interpersonal skills in executive candidates.

Evaluating interpersonal (aka soft) skills in executive-level candidates is one of the most challenging responsibilities of a hiring manager. A candidate’s interview behavior may not represent how he acts in general because very few people display their authentic selves in interview settings. It’s especially difficult to gauge assertiveness and extroversion in an interview. Candidates know they’re being judged and evaluated, so they don’t want to come across as egotistical.

Gauging a potential executive’s interpersonal skills is crucial, but how can you get to know him with only an interview? And what if you need to hire a new team leader within a few days?

There are five ways that hiring managers can reach the most accurate evaluation of interpersonal skills in executive candidates.  

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Camille Fetter is president and managing partner of TalentFoot, an executive search firm. She has been featured in AOL, MSN Careers, Crain’s New York Business, CareerBuilder, TheLadders and Today’s Chicago Woman.