Bit of advice needed...

Hi All!

Gosh, it's been a while since I last posted!

I have a situation which I would appreciate some help with.

I am leaving my current role and will need to assess my replacement (this is the first time I've had to do this), both on their program competency and their creative skills which will be done as part of their interview (no beforehand prep, a bit mean but I'm not the hiring manager).

I need to check their competency with the software (we use the dreaded C-word program here). I have no issues with this part of the interview, I've got an old course I've put mistakes into for this.

The part I need help with is the creative part, I'm racking my brain trying to figure out an easy situation for someone to let their creative juices flow.

They will only have 15 minutes to do this, but for the sake of fairness, I want to use the same scenario for each candidate. I've discussed with my Manager and she's agreed that it will just be a storyboard on a sheet of paper and to walk us through it.

The main idea I've had is something simple like I'm setting up a car-washing business and want to create eLearning so that all employees use the same technique and methods to wash the cars.

I'll be writing a brief for them so they have *some* information for this course.


Any ideas, or thoughts on this?

Thanks in advance!

2 Replies
David Tait

I totally agree that all candidates should have the same information. In a voluntary role I have I've just been part of a hiring panel for a public sector role and we were instructed by HR that this is the only way to go; same questions, same tasks etc.

Something I often face at the start of a project is a writer providing me with a block of information that they know they want to include but that they're unsure how best to display it. It always adds value for them when I'm able to analyse their content and make suggestions for graphics and interactions that might help enhance the content for the learner. So one possible suggestion would be to hand them part of a text-only script and ask them to talk you through the enhancements they might suggest.

What this task will hopefully draw out is how well they can analyse content, but also how well they know the software they'll be working with and how to work creatively within the limitations that software throws up.

I'm sure you'll receive plenty more suggestions from the community!

Tracy Carroll

Hi Alistair,

I think of myself as a very creative person, but I would totally fail under the time pressure of 15 minutes to come up with something! I just can't create anything on demand in such a short period of time.

I also never use paper and pen to work out my ideas. I use various software applications--it depends on what I'm creating. 

To demonstrate my creativity, I would be more inclined to show my online portfolio of eLearning examples, and discuss any example that interested the interviewer. Have you thought of asking candidates if they have a portfolio or website they could show you?