The Three Dimensional Interview.

Author:Monaco, Lynn
Position:Video recording review

The Three Dimensional Interview, Video, 2006, VisionPoint Productions, $995.

Support: facilitator guide, participant materials, self-study guide.

It was 1980 when I got my first job in human resources. Until then, I'd been a schoolteacher. I was green at every aspect of interviewing so I was taught a very catchy phrase that I've remembered ever since and shared with my colleagues: "Can Do, Will Do, Fit."

This is called "three-dimensional" interviewing and is a critical technique used to ensure that you hire the right person. The Three Dimensional Interview is a variation on that theme. Instead of Can Do, Will Do, Fit, the program uses "Capability, Commitment, and Chemistry."

It's not quite as catchy but makes the same points. The information is not new, but if you are unfamiliar with this type of interviewing--I think every manager should know it--these materials are an excellent resource for learning it.

This training package from VisionPoint is one of the most comprehensive I've seen. It contains VHS and DVD versions of the program plus many supplemental materials for both the facilitator and the participants. The Facilitator's Guide provides a structure for delivering this training in either a one-hour or a half-day format. And there are plenty of supplemental activities, which are both thought provoking and engaging--great for use for additional discussions.

The format of the video is a discussion among four friends who are managers and have had to hire employees at one point or another. Three of the friends are older and have more experience than the one manager who is struggling with hiring the right people. She opens the discussion by telling them about a recent hire of hers who just gave notice after only two months on the job. She asks for advice so that this doesn't happen again.

The video is well acted and engaging. Its running time of just under a half-hour (28 minutes) is perfect for today's busy managers. VisionPoint makes good use of a diverse group of people, mixing genders, ages, and races. However, I feel the characters are more "relate-able" to office...

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