Interviewing prospective employees and making a good hiring decision can be challenging if you're not adequately prepared for the process.
Good people can be hard to find, and if you don't know what questions you should be asking or what qualities you should be looking for in an applicant, you could end up making poor hiring decisions.
If you want to find the best people for job openings, remember to do these things.
Prepare For The Interview
Screening and assessment should begin before you ever meet your candidates. As you look over resumes and get in touch with applicants, you should start forming an opinion about them.
As you begin this process, make sure to review the prospective employee's resume. Take the time to look over their skills and experience, and in particular, identify job-relevant expertise. See if they have used relevant keywords, and if their objective lines up with company goals.
The next step is to call your job candidates. The goal of this call is to understand their goals, availability, and to determine their fit for the position. It is very likely that you could rule out some applicants at this point (but don't act too fast).
Finally, you need to schedule a time and a place for the interview. Hopefully you've eliminated some of the applicants by this point, so that you're only sitting down to talk with people that have demonstrated fit. You don't want to take too much time to interview people that haven't shown potential.
Keep It Professional
Before you conduct any interviews, keep in mind that you need to act professionally throughout the hiring process.
The focus of each interview should be on the information that applicants have provided you with on their resumes, and not their personal life. Personally directed questions are generally inappropriate in job interviews.
When you are sitting down to interview a candidate, it's a good idea to take notes on their answers (especially if you are interviewing many candidates).
Don't worry about going silent for a moment or two while you are jotting down answers. Your notes will help you to make better decisions later.
Observe Body Language
Communication isn't merely verbal; it's also physical. While you are interviewing candidates, try to observe their body language in addition to listening to their words.
While it can be difficult to determine what someone is saying by observing their mannerisms, try to connect their responses to their body language.
Allow Candidates To Ask Questions
Job candidates should be allowed to ask pertinent questions at the interview. Make sure to give them some space to do so.
Oftentimes an applicant's questions will further reveal the type of person they are, and whether or not they are the right person for the position.
After you've conducted the interviews, it's time to deliberate.
If anyone else is involved in the hiring process, request their assistance. If anyone else within the company interacted with the applicants, ask for their help as well. Share your impressions about individual candidates.
Others can bring a much-needed perspective to the decision making process.