Whether you are a business owner or a manager, you may be asked to interview potential job candidates. The hiring process may seem intimidating at first, but there are strategies that you can use to make the process easier on yourself and the candidates. Let’s go over a few specific tips that you can use to make the interview process an efficient and effective one.
It is always a good idea to review a candidate’s resume before the interview. This will make it easier to create specific questions designed to learn more about the candidate’s qualifications. Many interviewers will highlight sections of the resume and write down specific questions or notes to bring up in the interview. If necessary, you can ask questions to clarify or verify information provided by the person being interviewed.
Prepare questions for the interview beforehand, and during the meeting, give plenty of time for the interviewee to answer. Ideally, the person being interviewed will spend more time speaking than the person doing the interview. Give the candidate the opportunity to showcase their skills and their personality. This will give you a better sense of who the candidate is as a person as well as an employee. Ultimately, you will have a better feel as to whether this person is qualified for the position and fits in with the company culture.
There’s nothing wrong with making small talk at the beginning of the interview. For instance, you can talk about the weather or how a local sports team performed the night before. Remember, most candidates are nervous before a job interview. Engaging in idle chatter can help break the tension and make it easier to focus on the task at hand.
Try your best to follow up with a candidate after an interview. A text, email, or phone call is usually sufficient. Furthermore, if that person asks for feedback, try to give them as much information as possible. This can be helpful for both parties as it forces you to explain precisely how you came to a hiring decision.
When hiring an employee, your goal is to utilize the most qualified person for the job. Before scheduling interviews, develop objective criteria to determine who that person is. May people list skills and personality traits as criteria. After meetings are complete, prioritize candidates by how well they fit with your objective criteria.
Hiring a new employee is part art and part science. However, over time, you will learn how to spot the right people who may be able to take your business to the next level. If you are uncomfortable interviewing people yourself, it may be a good idea to delegate that task to another person or group.
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Matthew King is the owner of the Startup Forums, Alkries LLC, and co-owner at TR King Insurance Marketing. Partner at Independent Life Insurance Agent Association, Medicare Training 101, and Final Expense 101. When he's not creating content about running successful businesses here. He's most likely developing processes, diving into SEO, or gaming with his friends and wife.
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