How to Interview for the Best Outcome
As soon as you were hired for that fabulous new job, you probably thought you wouldn’t have to face another interview for a long time. Unless, you were hired as a manager or HR personnel. Then interviewing candidates for the job becomes part of your job. Preparing for the interview is just as important for the interviewer as it is for the interviewee. Here are our tips for making sure the interview goes well for both sides of the table:
Put the interviewee at ease right from the beginning by being yourself and being friendly. Your demeanor for the first impression can do much to set the tone for the whole interview. A tense, uptight interviewer will result in tense, uptight interviewees who may not be able to shine like they otherwise could.
Interviews take preparation on your end. Review cover letters, resumes, and any other information you have on the candidate to ensure you are ready to ask the right kinds of questions to be able to delve as deep as possible into his or her work history and job preparedness.
Ask the same questions of every interviewee.
Asking the same questions or type of questions of every interviewee will allow you to fairly compare them all when the interviews are over and the time comes to make an educated decision.
More than one interviewer.
Two interviewers also help in the decision making process. If one interviewer is biased toward a particular candidate, the other interviewer can act as a balance, and vice versa.
Really listen. It’s a hard skill to learn. But being a good interviewer means more than just asking the right questions. It also means you listen to the answers to those questions and draw inferences from them.
Watch body language.
As important as your (the interviewer’s) body language is, especially in the beginning of the interview, so is the interviewee’s. Are they acting particularly nervous? Biting their nails? Can’t sit still? Watch for anything that could give a clue into their character.
Hiring the wrong candidate can, on occasion, make or break your business. Prepare ahead of time to choose the right one by interviewing well.