Get the Most Out of Interviewing Job Candidates


Putting people in seats is not the goal of your hiring mission. You want to hire top candidates who can be future leaders within your organization. But how do you know what you’re looking for when it comes to interviews? Sure, you can go over their experience and tell them a little about the job, but how can you dig deeper to get to know whether or not they will be a good long-term fit for your company? Consider the following tips in your next candidate interview.

Know What You Want

Before you even begin reviewing resumes and interviewing candidates, it’s essential that you know what you want. So many hiring managers go into the process saying they’ll “know it when they see it.” However, this can lead to hiring issues and poor employee fit. Instead, create a job description that helps you narrow down what you’re looking for and try to match employees to what you need, as much as possible.

Conduct Your Research

We expect candidates to conduct research on a company before they interview. We encourage them to get to know the website and read news sources. But we don’t often respond with the same courtesy. At the very least, review their resume before their interview. You can also engage with them on LinkedIn and review public social media profiles.

Focus on Soft Skills

Their experience and specific industry skills are essential, of course, but you should also take a look at their soft skills. These are the intangible skills they possess, generally inherent to their personality. Look at their communications and interpersonal skills. Ask them about their organization skills and how they manage their time.

Make a Match With Values

You also want to make sure your new employee matches your corporate values. Your company culture is important, and when you bring someone on board who isn’t a match, they will be uncomfortable with the job and their time with your company. Shared values will be an important aspect of job satisfaction.

Do you want more interview tips when vetting candidates for your open positions?

At Professional Staffing Group, we work closely with our client companies to match them with the best candidates to fit each individual job and employer. Contact us today and let us connect you with top professionals in your industry today.

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