7 Quick Interview Prep Tips for Hiring Managers

If you manage a department, interviewing is likely on your “to do” list. But if you see the process as more of a chore or a challenge, we can help. Below are a list of easy interview prep tips that can help you get behind the candidate mask and find and hire the people you need.

#1. Review the job description and make a list of questions.

As a leading staffing services firm in Central Connecticut, Stewart Staffing knows if you want to be able to easily spot good-fit talent, as well as red flags, then you need to ask insightful questions. To do that, look first to the job description and its list of tasks and responsibilities. Then develop questions based on those needs and criteria. When you take this measured approach, you’ll ask questions that can help you best fill the empty seat.

#2. Make sure some of those questions are behavior-based ones.

While it’s fine to ask about a candidate’s strengths and weaknesses, as well as where they want to go in their careers, make sure you ask some behavior-based questions too. These force a candidate to talk about past experiences on the job and how they handled them. They therefore can give you more insight into their abilities and track records.

#3. Define the interview structure.

Don’t ever walk into an interview and just wing it. If you want the most fruitful conversation possible, it needs to have some structure. So outline how you envision the job interview unfolding and then stick to the same approach for each candidate you interview.

#4. Ask questions, then stay quiet.

Don’t talk too much during the interview. Instead, you want each candidate to open up and talk about their skills and qualifications. Aim to speak during just a quarter of the conversation. Leave the rest of the talking to the candidate.

#5. Be courteous and respectful.

It’s not okay to answer your phone or check your email during an interview, unless it’s an emergency. Give your complete attention to each candidate. Also, be friendly and make them feel welcome. The better job you do at putting them at ease, the more open they’ll become.

#6. Evaluate body language.

Beyond the answers they’re giving, look too at each candidate’s body language. Are they slumping or sitting up straight? Do they seem nervous or confident? Are they avoiding eye contact or looking you in the eye? These can all be indications of the quality of the candidate you’re interviewing.

#7. Follow up.

At the end of the interview, talk about next steps in the process. Make sure, too, that you follow up with each candidate in a timely manner whether or not they get the job.

Don’t have the time or resources to properly interview candidates?

If you’d rather offload the task to interviewing experts, call Stewart Staffing. As a leading staffing services firm in Central Connecticut, we can take the hassle out of interviewing and hiring, so you can find the top candidates you need. If you’re interested in learning more, please contact Stewart Staffing today.

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