Three interview tips for employers

Interview Tips for Employers For employers, a job interview is an essential part of the recruitment process. When you’re hiring someone new for your team, the interview gives you the opportunity to not only meet the person behind the resume, but to establish their potential commitment to the role, dedication to your company, future aspirations and, of course, their personality.

There are many theories on how to structure the most ‘successful’ job interview, but of course the circumstances change for each company and position.

Here are three commonly overlooked points that can help ensure that your interviewing process is a valuable and insightful one.

Create a comfortable atmosphere

Job interviews can be notoriously intimidating affairs. While it might seem like an opportunity to test the ability of the applicant to function under pressure, you are far more likely to get a sense of the person you’re speaking to if you’re able to make them feel comfortable.

Offer a glass of water, choose the room carefully, start with some small talk. They may seem simple, but these steps can turn an awkward interview into a meaningful exchange.

Depending on the location of the business and the number of interviews you need to conduct, why not hold the interview at a nearby café instead of a small meeting room? The more conversational the interview can be, the more likely you are to meet the real applicant.

Ask the right questions

While questions such as ‘What do you see as your biggest flaws?’ may be job interview staples, what do the answers really reveal?

Structure your questions carefully around the things you want to learn about a person. Don’t ask vague hypothetical’s (‘Can you work under pressure?’). Instead, use specifics either about the job in question or about the applicant’s resume.

A carefully planned question can provide many answers at once.

Provide information

In many cases, a job interview is as much an opportunity for the applicant to learn about the job as it is for you to learn about the applicant. Provide as many specifics as you can about the role, the work environment, the culture of the company and the expectations you will have should the applicant be successful.

Ask questions as you explain (e.g. ‘What were the working conditions like at your previous job?’) and you will likely receive some feedback that would otherwise not have been prompted.

Of course, the specifics of a job interview vary greatly depending on the company and the role, but simply taking the time beforehand to identify your desired outcomes and using them to structure the interview can make finding the perfect applicant much easier.

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