Executives know interviewing is not just a rigorous process for job-seeking candidates. It takes a great amount of time, effort, finesse, and strategic planning to conduct quality and efficient interviews. There are many ways that an interview could be either successful or disastrous. This post will discuss three key interview tips to help you conduct better interviews.
Interview the Right Candidates
Before you even sit down to interview potential employees, evaluate whether or not you have the right candidates. If you use metrics, make sure the critical boxes are checked. One of the best ways to do this is by setting up interviews with people who have been referred to you by other professionals that know the talent pool well. When you have a position that needs to be filled, don’t be afraid to ask people you trust for direction and referrals. Employers have found greater success using this tactic than by simply listing a job post online. One word of caution – you may never find the perfect candidate “on paper.” Don’t be afraid to look at someone that meets 80% of your qualifications – you may be missing out (more below).
Bring In The Big Guns
Before interviewing potential candidates, consider recruiting the professional assistance of a reputable executive search firm. This is the easiest way to save precious time and know you are getting the crème de la creme before the interview process even begins. Not only will you keep yourself from becoming exhausted by the search, you will get only the very best candidates coming your way.
Take Note of Their Personality and Character, Not Just Their Qualifications
Qualifications are unarguably imperative for specific positions. But a person’s character can be even a more important aspect to consider. When interviewing candidates, ask them questions that would reveal more about their character. Also, take note of how they behave during the interview.
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