As an employer, conducting a good interview is not reliant just on the interviewee, but you as well. If you are a new recruiter, manager, or overarching hiring employer, interviewing potential employees can be both stressful and uncomfortable. What are the right questions to ask? Is it better to be kind and welcoming or firm and reserved? How long should the questions be? How many questions should be asked? You, like many other employers out there, may be asking yourself these questions and wondering how best to navigate the world of managing interviews for your company. Here are the top five best interviewing practices to utilize that will guarantee you a successful interview with a potential candidate!
Recognize your goal and remain confident
Whether it’s your first time interviewing a candidate or you’re accustomed to the process, it never fails to recognize your end goal and remain confident along the way. What does recognizing your end goal mean in this sense? It means truly digging deep within your company and its culture to find out the missing piece that this potential employee can fill. If your company is desperately seeking a programmer, zero in on applicants that have the relevant, desirable traits. Jeff Haden, a writer for Linkedin, suggests, “Identify that critical need, determine how you measure success in the position, assess the common attributes of your top performers, determine what qualities mesh with your culture.”
Establish a welcoming environment
We have all had experiences being interviewed for a job. These experiences are nerve-wracking, stressful, intimidating, uncomfortable, and sometimes downright scary. As an employer, it’s important to empathize with this common experience and establish a welcoming environment for the person you are interviewing. Though nerves will be present regardless, being kind and welcoming instead of cold and distant will not only give the person a sense of the work environment, but it will also allow them to open up and show you their best potential. After all, you want potential employees to shine and not feel as if they are being stifled!
Take your time interviewing
More often times than not, we become so goal-oriented that we simply focus on the finish line, rather than the race. As an employer conducting interviews, you want to take your time both talking and listening to prospective candidates. For one, you don’t want to miss anything that they say because you’re focused on what your response will be. Taking the time to address all of your questions, all of their questions, and simply get to know the interviewee ensures a well-rounded interview that will help to narrow down the right person to fulfill the position.
Ensure a balance of talking / listening
Many people often think that job interviews consist of the interviewer asking a few questions while the interviewee fills the silence the whole time. While it is important for the job candidate to have adequate time to talk about themselves, their qualifications, and why they are a good fit for the job, it’s also important for you, the interviewer to do some talking as well. In order to conduct a good interview, be sure to have a proper balance to talking and allowing the interviewee to talk as well. In a blog post by BetterTeam, they note, “You should do some talking, and answer questions about the business, but listen carefully, pay attention to what they’re saying, and keep the interview focused on the candidate.”
Clarify questions and end on a positive note
When the interview is nearing the end, you don’t want to abruptly send the interviewer out and leave them with unanswered or ambiguous questions they may have about the position or company. As you sense the interview is almost over, ask the interviewee if they have any additional questions, need a point reiterated, or would like something cleared up. Additionally, end on a positive note by detailing the next steps of the selection process, and always give closure. Whether or not you decide to hire an interviewee, it’s not only respectful but also right to notify them if they got the position or not.