Smart recruiters know the information uncovered in an interview can vary because of a multitude of factors ranging from the type of questions to the ease of the applicant.
How can hiring executives maximize the use of their time spent interviewing, and really gain the valuable information they need from the candidate to reach a hiring decision?
Here are 4 interview tips to get the most out of interviewing candidates.
First, design the questions in advance. Hiring executives should review the job description and lay out the questions that must be answered in order to make a solid decision. Be sure to ask those first, and ask supporting, secondary questions to acquire the answers you need.
Then, base some questions off the resume. It’s critical to forego a one-size-fits-all interview question list. Different applicants will bring separate experiences to the table. In order to gather as much valuable information as possible, gear some questions to each individual.
Interviewers also need to keep company culture at the forefront. One of the main reasons a new hire doesn’t work out is they don’t fit in the company culture. Promote the type of company’s culture from the get-go, talking about it and asking questions about the type of workplace settings the applicant is most comfortable. Even if the person has all the qualifications to perform the job well, if the culture doesn’t seem to fit, take a pass.
Finally, notice what is not being said. View the candidates who look you in the eye and return honest, straight answers in a positive light. On the other hand, applicants who hem/haw around with vague answers, fidget, and look at the floor probably need closer screening before they are hired.
Savvy hiring executives know the struggles with interviewing and hiring the right job candidate. By employing these 4 tips into the interviewing process, the decision will be easier to reach, and stand a greater chance of being the right one.
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