4 Tips for Preparing to Interview Job Candidates

As one of the leading staffing firms in Southern New England, Stewart Staffing knows that interviewing effectively takes the right approach. You can’t expect to walk into one and simply wing it if you want to make the best hiring decisions. That’s why it’s so important to plan ahead when it comes to your next candidate interviews. Whether you’re recruiting a manager, or an entry level employee, here are 4 interview preparation tips for you to consider:

Think through your goals.

Before you interview a candidate, think through what kind of person you’re looking to hire in the first place. Make sure the exact duties and responsibilities of the position are fresh in your mind. Also, think about traits that would make someone most successful in the position. In addition, consider goals and expectations in both the short and long term. With the role clearly defined in your mind, you’ll have a better chance at spotting good fit candidates.

Develop a list of interview questions.

Having a list in place doesn’t mean you have to totally stick to it. It’s fine to veer of course a little depending on the candidate’s answers. However, your list will serve as a guideline to help structure the interview, and also ensure you get the details you need to make a good hiring decision. Make sure you have a few easy, icebreaker questions to start and also don’t forget to ask behavioral questions, too.

Don’t go it alone.

When it comes to interviewing and hiring, it’s best to have a team in place who can help with the interview process and also evaluate a candidate’s strengths. While you’ll want one final decision maker who ultimately makes the choice or breaks any ties, getting feedback from those who would manage the new hire, as well as work alongside them can be invaluable.

Set aside enough time.

It’s important that you don’t schedule a meeting right before or after an interview, potentially having to cut it short. Instead, set aside enough time, in a private location, so you can really get to know each candidate, and their skills and background.

Effective interviewing can be the difference between hiring an exceptional candidate and a mediocre one. So take the time to prepare before each interview to ensure you hire right, the first time.

Need more help with the process?

Call Stewart Staffing. As one of the leading staffing firms in Southern New England, we can provide you with access to the skilled, dependable people you need – where and when you need them. If you’d like to learn more about how we can help you, give us a call today.

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