Gearing up for your first candidate interviews? As one of the leading staffing firms in Hartford County, Stewart Staffing knows it can be a nerve-wracking experience considering all that’s on the line. However, when you take the right approach and employ the proper techniques, you’ll be able to effectively vet each candidate and find the one that’s right for you. Here are six tips to get you started:
#1: Do your homework ahead of time.
Before each interview, make sure you read through the job posting so it’s fresh in your mind. Also, review each candidate’s resume and make any notes about specific areas you want to ask about. You’ll be more prepared, build better rapport with the candidate, and be able to conduct a more thorough interview as a result.
#2: Make each candidate feel welcomed.
A positive candidate experience is an important of the hiring process. So be on time for interviews, work hard to put candidates at ease, give them your full attention, and offer them an opportunity to ask their own questions once you’re done interviewing.
#3: Offer an overview of the job.
Before you start questioning candidates, make sure you delve into more detail about the job. There’s only so much information that can be posted in a job advertisement. So it’s important to offer more insight into what the role entails. This includes discussing daily tasks and responsibilities, goals and expectations for the job, how success is measured, and more about what the company culture is like.
#4: Ask the right questions.
Asking the right questions is key to getting behind the candidate mask. And you should take a multi-faceted approach when you do. For instance, ask behavioral questions to assess a candidate’s track record of performance, such as:
- Tell me about a time you set a goal and how you achieved it?
- Tell me about a time when you didn’t meet a work goal?
- Describe a stressful work situation and how you dealt with it?
In addition, other areas to ask about include those related to cultural fit. Some ways to assess this include with questions such as:
- Describe the type of work environment where you’re happiest and most productive?
- What do you like most about your work environment now? Least?
- How would past colleagues best describe your work style?
Finally, you should ask questions about why the candidate wants the job, what interests them most about the company, and why they think you should hire them.
#5: Invite their questions.
Once you’re done interviewing each candidate, offer them the floor and let them ask their own questions. When they do, not only should you be answering them with as much detail as possible, but also assessing the quality of them. You’ll be able to tell between the candidates asking vague or generic questions and those who’ve done their homework and thoughtfully prepared.
#6: Talk next steps.
The final part of the process should be discussing steps going forward. Explain to each candidate what the process will look like and when they can expect to hear back.
Need more help interviewing candidates for your job openings?
Turn to Stewart Staffing, one of the leading staffing firms in Hartford County. We can help you with any aspect of your candidate search, from start to finish, including interviewing and assessing applicants to ensure you hire the right one. Contact us today to learn more or get started.