When speaking to clients, one thing that comes up time and time again is that some of them simply just do not know how to interview candidates. Nine times out of ten, it's not their fault. It could come from a lack of training, it not actually being part of their role or they just don't want to / don't have time to be doing it.
Here at Employment Solutions, we're all about making things easier for our clients, so we asked a group of consultants what advice would they give a client to help them get through the interview process.
- Have time set aside for the interview.
- Prepare questions that you absolutely want answers to.
- Be conversational and set them at ease
- Be punctual with feedback.
- Make notes during the interview so you can refer back to them if needs be.
- Cover the technical skills in the interview process thoroughly.
- Consider a candidates suitability to the culture and ways of working of the business.
- Make sure the candidate is clear on what is expected of them and what they should expect from the company they are going in to.
- Be honest about whether the candidate is a good fit for the company - it will benefit nobody if they are progressed through the process and aren't a good fit, as they won't last.
- Be well presented.
- Articulate your questions thoroughly.
- Do your research.
- Ask relevant questions.
- If interested, tell the candidate.
- Be on time.
- Make the candidate feel welcome.
- Let the candidate see your true personality.
- Interview no more than three candidates and know when you want them to start.
- Be prepared to be flexible on salary or skillset.
- Be clear on what benefits on offer, holiday pay and pension are not benefits.
- Sell the company, and explain routes for progression.
- Ask for examples of candidates work.
- Ask about their achievements.
- Ask about why and not just how.
- Let the candidate ask you questions.
- Do not judge a book by its cover.
- Ask probing questions.
- Ask candidates to highlight career achievements.
- Ask what has been their best work experience.
- Be honest about the company & role upfront.
- Offer them as much information as possible.
- Give the candidate full details of the interview process.
- Provide them with the names & positions of interviewers ahead of time.
- Give the candidates a few options for dates & times.
Do you conduct interviews for roles within your company?
What do you think is the most important thing to focus on as an interviewer?
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