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Enhanced Interviewing Skills - Christchurch

This Professional Development Course will help HR professionals understand the psychology of interviewing

If you are a member of HRNZ, please log in through the HRNZ website to access your member discount.

Earlybird tickets are available until Tuesday 4 October. All pricing includes GST.

Earlybird Fee:

  • HRNZ Member = $1035.00
  • Non-member = $1,495.00

Standard Fee:

  • HRNZ Member = $1,265.00
  • Non-member = $1,610.00

Why should I do this workshop?

Three reasons. First, it will help you to understand the psychology of interviewing. Second, it will show how to apply skills you already have to conduct high quality, insightful interviews. And third, it will help you to identify and screen out candidates who could become a major HR headache.

This skills-based workshop is for everyone regardless of whether you are about to do your first interview or have been interviewing for years. (I have been interviewing for over 40 years and am still learning). It will help you to accurately assess both competencies and personality. It provides techniques to increase the effectiveness of competency-based questions while allowing potentially damaging attitudes and values to be identified. The course provides a clear structure covering pre-screening, short listing, interview preparation, questioning techniques, note taking, legal considerations, minimising candidate nerves, detecting deception, interpreting answers, referee checks and report preparation.

Previous course participants have remarked that they were surprised at how easy the techniques were to apply and the valuable insights they gained into the attitudes and values of the candidates.

The key learning outcomes are:

  • Explaining the psychological framework of interviewing
  • Recognising and avoiding unconscious bias
  • Using inductive questioning to assess attitudes and values
  • Using competency-mapping and deductive questioning to assess competencies
  • Detecting possible deception and identifying areas for in-depth examination
  • Interpreting interview responses and reporting against competencies
  • Setting up a process to validate selection decisions

All personal development events are subject to HRNZ Terms and Conditions.

Registrations for this course close 08:30am Tuesday 25 October.

About the Presenter - Keith McGregor

Keith is the Director of Personnel Psychology NZ Ltd. He began his career as an organisational psychologist with the Air Force and since leaving Defence in 1986 has been heavily involved in private and public sector selection. Keith is the content developer of the SelectorGroup on-line tests Selector Professional, CareerStep and Selector Insight and has recently completed a review of chief executive selection in the public sector. Keith is a registered psychologist and coordinates the IO Psychology Special Interest Group for the Wellington Branch of HRNZ.

About PPNZ

Based in Lower Hutt, Personnel Psychology NZ Ltd provides a comprehensive range of industrial and organisational psychology services. While not actively involved in recruitment, the consultancy undertakes indepth psychological testing and interviews of potential employees for organisations seeking an unbiased and totally independent assessment.

The consultancy is also very active in research and development. Past survey projects have ranged from simple stress or staff satisfaction audits through to comprehensive organisational climate surveys involving, in one organisation, several thousand personnel.


Keith is very welcoming and engaging. He involved every participant in the room during the course of the day, which made the workshop interactive and interesting. The workshop offers you a broader perspective on how a candidate's skills, knowledge and attitude should intersect with the job recruiting to. Recruitment/ People and Performance Advisor, Transpower

Clearly experienced in the topic. Lots of relevant anecdotal evidence. Presented in a conversational manner, we weren't lectured to, which was very nice. Great presenter, understandable material, clear evidence as to why existing practises don't work. HR & Payroll Administrator, New Zealand Sugar Co Ltd.

I came away feeling much more confident to conduct interviews and also do shortlisting of job candidates. HR Advisor, Winstone Pulp International.

Attending HRNZ Courses under the COVID-19 Protection Framework

HRNZ continues to follow public health guidelines and our priority is the health and safety of all attendees.

Masks must be worn when moving around shared spaces.

Do not enter our venues if you are unwell.

Please ensure you abide by the health and safety guidelines of the venue. Events are subject to Ministry of Health guidelines and the HRNZ internal COVID 19 Events policy. To view HRNZ's internal COVID 19 Events Policy please click here.

Cancellation Policy

An appropriate substitute participant is welcome any time before the course starts. Please let us know the replacement's name. If you have booked on a member price and a non member is to attend in your place you will be invoiced for the difference in price.

A refund of fees will be made if a cancellation is received in writing at least 10 working days prior to the commencement of the course.

Regrettably, no refunds can be made for cancellations received after this date and you are liable for the full cost of attendance at the course.