Articles by Kevin Yien
- Constructing an Effective Phone Screen
Kevin discusses different approaches companies can take to phone screens during the hiring process. He outlines two main types - experiential interviews, which focus on a candidate's past experiences, and hypothetical interviews, which assess how a candidate thinks through hypothetical scenarios. While experiential interviews provide a grounded understanding of a candidate, they can also show bias depending on their past roles. Hypothetical interviews focus on potential but can result in false positives. Kevin argues companies should choose an approach based on the role and their priorities, and structure later interviews to address any gaps from the phone screen. An interesting point made is that hiring remains an art as much as a science, as illustrated in a debate between two tech leaders on screening methods.