Hiring managers don't have an easy job, and it's rather high-stakes. If they make the right decisions in the interview process, the person they bring aboard could help the company prosper for years to come. If not, they might set their businesses back more than they expect.
With that in mind, it's vital to get the interview just right, and doing so requires careful preparation, including the following seven steps:
1) Know what you want to know
First and foremost, you should always strive to keep your interviews as free-flowing conversations rather than a question-and-answer session, according to Monster. But you should still aim to get all the necessary facts out of the meeting. Make a list of issues you want to clarify or discuss, and refer to that throughout the meeting.
2) Select an icebreaker
It's always a good idea to hit the ground running in an interview, so you should be prepared to start the conversation off on the right foot, Monster advised. Having the right icebreaker question should immediately get the discussion moving and simultaneously help relieve some of the pressure both sides likely feel.
3) Prep the team
If you're going to be interviewing in a group setting, making sure everyone involved knows their role is vital, Monster further cautioned. To avoid talking over each other or asking questions others also intended to ask, it's a good idea to have a pre-interview meeting so everything can be hammered out quickly and easily, allowing the interview itself to go smoothly.
4) Understand how position and candidate align
When someone is coming in for an interview, you should carefully compare and contrast their qualifications with what the job description asks for, according to Smart Church Management. Usually, if the person got to the interview stage of the hiring process, these two things should align fairly closely, but you should look for issues you want to clear up or otherwise have the candidate explain.
5) Add some comfort
Because job candidates are likely to be quite nervous about the interview, your role as hiring manager should be to help them relax, Smart Church Management noted. Making sure you have some bottles of water on hand is a great start, but you should also aim to conduct the interview itself in a relatively neutral area so they aren't intimidated by an office, and so on.
6) Pick the format
There are many different types of interviews you can conduct, and not every one is suited for every job, according to Workable. Instead, it's a good idea to pick one format for each candidate so that you can get as much as possible out of them. That way, you're not necessarily trying to make one-size-fits-all hiring decisions.
7) Know what you want to highlight about your company
A job interview is often just as much about pitching a great candidate on the company as evaluating whether a potential hire is a good fit, Workable added. As such, you should be prepared to highlight the many great things about working for your business to someone who might not have a lot of familiarity with who you are or what you do. Being able to effectively "pitch" the company and its culture will help ensure you don't lose an ideal hire.
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