- March 8,20150 comments

Make the Most of your Interviewing Process

Conducting an interview can be nerve-wracking, but rest assured that the interviewee is far more anxious than you are. Your goal is to learn more about your potential candidate, but there are effective methods to go about it that can put you both more at ease while still maximizing the effectiveness of the short time you have to talk.

The best way to do this is to conduct a conversation rather than a Q and A. Prepare for the interview by doing your research, the same as you would hope your candidate has about your company. The more prepared you are, the less likely you are to need a list of questions you want to ask the person. The absence of scripted questions will make the conversation you will be having feel more natural.

Following the flow of the conversation can reveal a great deal about the person you are interviewing, like whether or not you think you will get along with them, or if they would be a good fit with your existing staff. There are a great number of subject matters that can occur when you are not rigid in your approach. This can lead to some interesting topics you may not have considered to even ask about, but they may lead you off track as well. If you must, bring in some notes about topics you may want to discuss, but be discreet about referencing them. Keeping the illusion that this is simply a friendly conversation is what creates a sense of ease.

Make sure your interviewing space is free of clutter and barriers, like files, pens and the like. Face the potential candidate head-on, as it creates a more open and human connection.

Another point to consider is to try to ask as many open-ended questions as possible. This requires the candidate to respond to you in a more fleshed-out manner than a simple “yes” or “no” response, which tells you just about nothing about what you really want to know. That being said, try to keep your interview under an hour. You should be able to get everything you need to know in that timeline.

If you don’t want note-taking to detract from the conversation, give yourself a few minutes after the interview where you will not be disturbed. Write down your impressions of the interview, as well as any other things that you think are important. How did the prospect stand out? Do they meet the requirements of the role? What attributes do they bring?

Try to have fun. If you’re stressed, the candidate will likely pick up on it, but if you’re open and easygoing, chances are the interview will be similar.

Finally, remember that PPS is here to walk you through everything from the initial job posting to the hiring process. Let us show you the right way to position your vacancy so that you can better project who your company is and find exactly who you want in your ranks.

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