Interviews…how do you conduct them?
As a crucial part of the hiring process, it is essential to gain the most from your interviews – so how can you do this? We’ve shared some of our tips for improving your interview technique and how to get the best from your time spent with candidates, ideal for both recruiters and employers.
Change the setting
For some candidates, the traditional office or meeting room setting can make them feel uncomfortable and therefore they don’t showcase their full personality or skills. To combat this, why not change the surroundings?
Moving to a local coffee shop, restaurant or even bar takes the candidate out of this uncomfortable situation and therefore enables them to show their full selves. You will gain more from an interview like this rather than one that fits in better your schedule because you don’t need to move from the office.
Whatever role, position or industry you are recruiting for, always be transparent.
Honesty ensures that the candidates you are interviewing fully understand what is expected of them and how their day to day working life will look. From this interview and information each candidate can then decide whether they feel this role is for them.
Transparency will save you time and money in the long run.
Find out what makes them tick
Work isn’t everyone’s whole lives, and you don’t want to recruit someone that says all they think about is work. Instead, during an interview be sure to find out what makes your potential employee tick.
Discuss hobbies, passions and their life outside of work and see how this incorporates with their role when working with you. Correlations between their hobbies and the way in which they’ll be working with you and your team ensure that they are much more likely to be happy within the role. Even if this means spending more time in the interview, it’ll be worth it!
Ask questions that don’t relate to the role
You should have key information from the applicants CV, so you shouldn’t need to ask mundane questions such as “what are 3 strengths and 3 weaknesses you possess?”. Instead, use this limited time to ask questions that create some conversation and debate between you and the candidate.
Ask their opinions on topics such as current events, what their favourite animal is (if they even like animals…) and other non-work topics.
Like the above points, this will break down barriers between you both and give you a good idea of their key personality traits.
Get in touch
If you have tried any of the above, or would like to add more interview tips to the list – do not hesitate to get in touch!
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