How Researchers Hire
10/28/14 / David Kennedy
Corona Insights just recently went through a round of hiring (look for a blog post soon about our newest member) and, while many of our hiring steps may be common, it did occur to me that our process mirrors the research process.
- Set goals. Research without an end goal in mind will get you nowhere fast. Hiring without knowing what you’re hiring for, will ensure an inappropriate match.
- Use multiple modes. Just as approaching research from several methodologies (e.g., quant, qual) yields a more complete picture, so too does a hiring process with multiple steps. Reviewing resumes (literature review), screening (exploratory research), testing (quantitative), several rounds of interviews (qualitative), and mock presentation.
- Consistency. Want to compare differences over time or between different segments? Better be consistent in your approach. Want to compare candidates? Better be consistent in your approach.
I could go on about the similarities (drawing a broad sample of applicants?), but you get the idea. The principles of research apply to a lot more than just research.
And as with any recurring research, we reevaluate what worked and what can be improved before iteration. Therefore our process changes a little each time, but the core of it remains the same – asking the right questions and analyzing data with our end goals in mind. Just like any good research project.
Stay tuned for a blog post about our new hire.