Quick Start Guide to Interviewing Candidates

Conducting a good interview

Conducting a good interviewHiring employees is one of the most important things you can do as an employer. Putting together a talented, motivated team will drive your company on to success, while hiring the wrong people will hold your business back, costing you time, energy, and stress.

Don’t rush into hiring headlong, but instead, set out your strategies ahead of time to make sure you’re getting the best possible people for your business. Here’s a quick guide to some ways you can improve your hiring process.

Make an interview question guide

Never “wing it” when interviewing someone. Design a battery of questions that will force the candidate to be exact and specific when talking about their experiences and achievements. Ask situational questions that will reveal whether or not a candidate is a good fit for your company’s culture. Comprehensive background questions will establish the candidate’s core competency.

Prepare a hiring rubric

Human beings have a sort of built-in tendency to gloss over details when presented with a large amount of information, and a natural bias towards the first and last items in a given set. A good way to avoid this is to figure out which qualities are most important in prospective hires, and assign values to those qualities. You can then judge each candidate on an individual basis and compare the scores after the process is finished.

Work in teams

You’ve heard the saying “two heads are better than one,” of course. And it’s absolutely right. Designate teams to work on hiring, mixing junior and senior executives to get multiple viewpoints from people with different levels of experience. Have the less experienced team members give their impressions first, just after the interview, so that they won’t be intimidated by what their superiors have said.

Work with a staffing firm

Probably the best way to do your hiring is to work with an expert who’s been around the block a few times. Staffing firms are highly effective when it comes to finding and attracting the best candidates, and they know what red flags to look for that you might miss. Many staffing firms have specialist areas, with extensive knowledge of the availability and cost of employees within certain industries.

Don’t be careless about whom you hire. The people you pick to represent your business will have a huge effect on its success or failure. Talk to us to learn how working with a staffing firm can help you make the hiring process easier and more effective.