One of the most important things you do for your business is the hiring. By bringing in the right people to work for your company, you are positioning your business for success.
But there are easy mistakes to make when searching for those all stars to fill out your roster. The wrong approach to interviewing, even if you mean well, can result in you missing out on the best candidates. Here are some ways to correct common interview mistakes.
Make your time count.
When interviewing candidates, you have a limited amount of time to spend with them. Don’t waste that time with small talk, and don’t use it up asking questions you could have answered by reading his or her résumé, cover letter, or LinkedIn profile page. Do your homework, and prepare questions ahead of time, writing them down so you aren’t fumbling and wasting time.
It’s true that in most cases, the lion’s share of the power in the interviewer/interviewee relationship lies with the company. After all, you’re the one offering the job and the nice compensation package. But while it helps for you to be able to negotiate from a place of strength, don’t fall prey to being overly confident to the point where you make mistakes. Hiring an employee is a major commitment of resources, and every candidate is a fellow professional deserving of your respect and courtesy.
Remember, this person is evaluating whether or not they want to work for your company. Losing your first-choice candidate to a rival because they felt more highly-valued by your competition is a needless mistake to make. So turn off your cell phone, close your email, and focus on the task at hand.
Say what you mean.
Interviews involve a lot of hope for both sides, and that optimism is a good thing. But if you decide during an interview that you’re not going to hire someone, have the courtesy to tell them that. One of the most common complaints from interviewees is that a company has them waiting for a call that never comes. Similarly, don’t get ahead of yourself when you do get excited about a candidate. Make sure to check their references and finish the rest of your interviews before offering them a job.
Working with a reputable staffing firm gives you the benefit of vast and varied experience when it comes to hiring candidates. Contact us today to see how we can help you polish your interview skills and improve your company’s overall hiring process.