Tips on Conducting an Effective Job Interview

Tips on Conducting an Effective Job Interview

After narrowing down the pool of applicants that have been received, it’s time to start calling in people for interviews. The problem is: how do you know if you’re asking the right questions? It’s vital that you make the right choice on who to bring into your company, as one person can make a huge difference. Below are some tips that can lead you in the right direction.

Write Down a List of Questions Prior the Interview

It is highly recommended that you have a list of pre-prepared questions selected before the interview begins. While reading off the list is not necessary, it can be helpful to have them available if you get stuck. That being said, you should be willing to stray from the list if you feel there’s something you should talk more about with the candidate. Remember, you have to get to know the candidate, and some questions will apply to some people more than others.

Which Questions are the Most Effective?

If you ask questions that can be answered with a simple “yes” or “no” it will be hard to get an idea about who the person in front of you is, make sure your questions require explanation. Don’t be afraid to get creative with your questions. Interviews are crucial to the hiring process and should always be well thought out beforehand. The questions you ask should not only tell the employee what to expect as far as a workload goes but let you, the interviewer, learn if they have the charisma, endurance or what have you that the job demands. For example, if the job in question requires the candidate to be put through stressful situations or on-the-spot kind of dilemmas then ask a stress question. One such example could be “Why should I hire someone with as little experience as you?” This puts the candidate in an uneasy position having to try to “sell them self” out of the hole of inexperience. You want to first know your objective as far as what the career requires and ask questions not only related technically, but also having to do with the soft skills most necessary.

Pay Attention to More Than the Candidates Answers

Remember to consider how the candidate maintains their composure. Are they confident, enthusiastic, and respectful? It’s important to think of the kind of person you want to bring into your workplace, not just the person who has well planned answers to your questions. Keep in mind interviews can be a lot of pressure, don’t be afraid to put the candidates at ease (but take note of those who seem to do very well under the pressure – that’s a great trait to have on hard business days). Interviews can be challenging for both parties involved, but preparation, and knowing what qualities you’re looking for to fill the position will ensure the interview will stay on track. Remember, RTI is dedicated to helping you find the right person to fill your job openings. Save yourself some time in finding the right fit and contact us today.



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