Interviewing? Here’s How to Assess Whether a Candidate is Right for You

Many candidates look great on paper and even perform well during interviews. However, this isn’t necessarily an indicator that they’re going to be successful once on the job. So how can you quickly – yet effectively – assess a candidate to ensure they’re the right fit for you? Here are some tips from Stewart Staffing – one of the leading employment agencies in Hartford – to help you:

Evaluate how their job experience has prepared them.

Obviously, education is important, especially when it comes to certain fields. However, job experience is often more critical to success and can be a good measure of how a candidate would perform if hired.

So make sure you carefully analyze a candidate’s experience ahead of the interview, looking not just at the type they have, but also the size and scope of companies they’ve worked for. Then ask them in-depth questions about how they think their work history has prepared them for the role.

Ask about a time they failed.

Candidates are ready to talk up their strengths and achievements. But also ask them about a time in their career when things didn’t pan out as they hoped. They should be able to not only discuss the situation, but also what they learned from it. In their answer, look for someone who’s willing to take responsibility, resolve a mistake, and learn and grow from it.

Look for solution-oriented candidates.

Anyone can point out a problem. It’s the people who can come up with effective solutions that you want to hire, whether you’re running a department at an enterprise-level organization or a small mom-and-pop shop. So ask candidates questions about past problems they’ve solved and situations in which they’ve taken initiative. Their answers should give you a good idea of whether they’re a ‘doer’ or one who sits back and does just enough to get by.

Check for cultural fit.

You need people with the right skills and abilities to do the job. But you also need those with wiring that’s going to be a fit for the personality of your team. Otherwise, your new hire might be able to perform the requirements for the role, yet they’re never truly going to mesh well within the team.

When assessing candidates, look for those who have an understanding of what your culture is like. Also, ask them questions that helps you identify whether they’d be a fit for yours.

Need help hiring candidates who are right for your team?

Connect with the experts at Stewart Staffing. As one of the leading employment agencies in Hartford, we know how to take your hiring needs and find people who are not only a fit for the particular job, but your company as a whole. Contact us today to learn more or get started.

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