Making sure that you have the right strategies to conduct successful interviews can go a long way in helping to ensure that you find the right people for your company. However, if you are new to conducting interviews, then you may be uncertain as to how to proceed. What can you do to put the candidate at ease while getting the most useful information that will help you to find quality talent? To help get you started, here are a few tips on how to conduct successful interviews.
Prepare a List of Open-Ended Questions
Before the scheduled interview time, it is important that you take a moment to prepare a list of questions. While it is fine to think of questions on the spot based on a candidate’s previous answer, preparing questions ahead of time will provide a framework that will help to guide the interview. While it may be necessary to occasionally ask questions that will have a simple, direct response, it is important to prepare as many open-ended questions as possible as this will allow the interviewee to give more detailed responses, which can give you a better insight into who they are as a candidate.
Start Slow and Personal
As you begin the interview, consider starting out slow with a few personal questions to break the ice. While you may be nervous if you are new to conducting interviews, remember that the candidate will be much more nervous than you are. Starting with personal questions about where the candidate went to school, or what they like to do in their free time, can help to turn the interview into more of a conversation, which can put both parties at ease and make the interview flow more naturally.
Consider Outsourcing First-Round Interviews
If you are new to interviewing and are concerned about finding quality talent for your company, you may also want to consider outsourcing the recruitment process and first-round interviews to a staffing company. A staffing company will have the resources and expertise to narrow down the candidates to a few skilled individuals who will be a good fit for your company. Contact us to find out more about how a staffing company could help you to find quality talent for your company.
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