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Dr. Nicole Gravanga, PHD Jun 23, 2022 8:22:06 AM 10 min read

What does an interview score mean?

Candidate scores help you manage candidates through the interview process.

A score is a numeric value that gives you information about how the candidate measured up to the standard of evaluation. Each interview conducted and submitted contributes to the overall candidate score for the round.

The interviewIA score is divided into three sub-scores designated in the results with the labels Ability, Alignment, and Growth

  • Ability - This is a measure of the candidate's competencies, sometimes described as knowledge, skills, and abilities. 
  • Alignment - This is a measure of the candidate's fit to the company, team, or role.
  • Growth - This is a measure of the candidate's aptitude for personal, professional, or cultural development. 
  • Overall -  This is an overall quantitative score for the round that is a roll-up of the other three scores.

The screenshot below shows the 4 numeric scores visible on the results page:

Candidate Results Laptop (1)

 

Making sense of numeric scores

Remember, these numeric scores are averages. This means that two candidates with a score of 42% could have earned that average in different ways. One candidate might have earned poor scores on every question and the other may have earned a mix of No Evidence scores mixed with Satisfactory scores. It's important to design interview rounds in such a way that your candidate scores are meaningful and reflective of whether the candidate can do the job that they are interviewing for. 

  • 0% - A score of - or 0 means that no data was collected for the round. A 0% for a sub-score, Growth for example, means that there were no growth questions included in the round.
  • 10-30% - A score between 10 and 30 means that in this interview round, on average, the candidate answered questions showing little or no evidence that they meet the qualifications for the role. 
  • 30-50% - A score between 30 and 50 means that in this interview round, on average, the candidate answered questions in a way that showed a poor or inadequate ability to meet the qualifications for the role. 
  • 50-70% - A score between 50 and 70 means that in this interview round, on average, the candidate answered questions showing they meet the qualifications for the role to a satisfactory degree.
  • 70%-90% - A score between 70 and 90 means that in this interview round, on average, the candidate answered questions to a satisfactory degree suggesting that they do, in fact, meet the qualifications for the role. 
  • 90%-100% - A score over 90 means that in this interview round, the candidate showed a complete mastery of the topics used to evaluate the candidate. This candidate might be overqualified for the role. 

Be careful! If candidates' scores don't agree with your experience of those candidates, your interview might need to be adjusted.

 

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Dr. Nicole Gravanga, PHD

Dr. Nicole Gravagna is trained as both a neuroscientist and an executive coach. Nicole blends neuroscience, behavioral economics, and organizational psychology into healthy human-centered design that drives business. She is well versed in venture capital and angel investing and is a co-author of Venture Capital for Dummies. Her second book was MindSET Your Manners, a guide for behavior change.
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