Tips for Interviewing

Tips for Interviewing

Tips for Interviewing

Just as you would want a great interviewee, the interviewee will want a great interviewer. It is important, as an interviewer, to follow a pre-determined plan during the interview process. By following these 10 quick and easy tips for the ideal interview, you will easily be able to pick the best possible candidate from your applicant pool.

1.       Review the interviewee’s resume before the interview-This will allow you to learn more about the interviewee, and will show them that you actually care about them. It may also help you develop more specific questions that you would like the answer to.

2.       Know the job description before you start the interview-This will keep you from looking like an idiot that knows nothing about what your employees actually do. Again, this will help you better target your questions for that specific position.

3.       Have a plan­- Do not go into the interview and “wing it.” Formulate a list of questions that you would like to ask the interviewee. Make sure you have a good mixture of closed and open ended questions. This will allow you to obtain all of the information you will need.

4.       Keep it comfortable– Stuffy corporate styled office +  giant closed off desk + large shelf housing numerous degrees and awards you have achieved + straight laced person wearing a three piece business suit = INTIMIDATING. This isn’t the 90’s people, loosen up a bit. You want your interviewee to feel comfortable around you and in your working environment. Think Google, not Microsoft. It’s also nice to offer them a beverage if they are available to offer.

5.       Listen!– If you aren’t willing to listen to everything your interviewee has to say, why bother interviewing them? You will never know their needs, wants, personality, experience, etc., if you don’t listen.

6.       Do like Aretha Franklin and R-E-S-P-E-C-T-Just as you expect the interviewee to listen to you, respect what you are saying, and not cut you off, do the same for them. Remember that every individual has their own opinions. Yes, even you do.  Respect their opinions and try not to be judgmental.

7.       Show energy and enthusiasm– Even if you hate your job (I hope that you don’t), you want to show the interviewee that your company is a great place to work. Set a good example. If you are expecting your new employee to be energetic and enthusiastic, show it yourself.

8.       Ask the right questions, not the wrong ones– Unless you enjoy being sued, there are specific questions that you are not allowed to ask an interviewee. You cannot ask any questions regarding age, marital status, ethnic origin, religion, sexual preference, or disabilities.

9.       Silence is golden­– Do not talk too much. The more the interviewee talks, the more information you will get from the interview. Use silence to obtain information. If the interviewee seems to run out of things to say, let the silence build for a short period of time. They will most likely have more to say.

10.   End on a pleasant note– Thank the candidate for their time. Give them a date for when you will be getting back to them about the position, and actually follow up with them. Even if the interviewee did not get the job, it is professional and respectful to let them know either way. At the end of the interview, do not promise the job or lead them to think that they have gotten it. This will only lead to disappointment if they do not get the position.

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