One tool for creating a more balanced look at a candidate's competencies is to use a tactic that has been well-documented in other professions, the scenario interview, sometimes called a situational interview. These are interview questions that deal with hypothetical situations in the future and ask the candidate "what would you do in this situation?" Alternatively, you could set up a situation specifically for the interview. For example, you could ask a candidate to give a current teacher feedback on a proposed assignment for a course they'll share. When you use situational interview questions, you offer candidates with a competency the opportunity to demonstrate their skills.
If situational interviews are new to you, or if you have skeptical colleagues, here is a research study that found that situational interviews can predict performance.
The scenario interview does NOT ask a candidate to "describe a time in which you..." That type of question has a couple of flaws. It privileges fast processors and those who have the exact experience addressed in the question.
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