Re: 5 Ways To Build A Balanced IT Team
First of all, I will definitely agree that interviewing (from both sides of the table) is an art form unto itself. It's absolutely worthwhile for us to talk about that when talking about the hiring process. As much as we swap tips as IT pros for what do during interviews and how to land the job, it's important that interviewers themselves swap strategies, and hone that process to keep the whole machine running smoothly - otherwise, as others have said already, we run the risk of interviews just becoming a rote process; a formality. However, today interviewers are often not trained HR people - for example, IT managers (not known for their great personal skills) are often interviewing the IT candidates. It's great to see some team-building tips targeted squarely at tech managers.
I do have some concern about the idea of being novel just for the sake of being novel, though. I think you could just as easily get a buzzword-laden answer to the question 'what does teamwork mean to you?' as you could to the question 'what do you look for in a team?'. Maybe it will catch your interviewee 'off-guard', but maybe that will just lead them to giving a safer answer like they've been conditioned to, rather than really thinking on their feet. I think there's a little more to refinement to be done on the hiring process in the modern age than just the questions that we ask - but it's a good start, and the beginning of a conversation worth having.