How to Conduct an Effective Interview

Interviews are one of the most important stages of the recruitment process. In a relatively short period of time, you need to meet and build rapport with a virtual stranger and then guess and assess whether they are the right person for the role you’re hiring for. It can be daunting for all parties involved. Below you’ll find four tips for how you can conduct effective interviews.

1. Consider Engaging Professional Help

Even if you have an internal human resources department, engaging a recruitment agency can still be really beneficial to help you attract and select the right candidates. Not only do reputable human resources firms like Chandler Macleod have decades of experience in successful screening and selecting of applicants, but they can also help you assess the type of position you need to help you meet your organisational goals and some of the psychological attributes that the right candidate needs to thrive in the position.

2. Have More Than One Interviewer

This strategy can be really effective on a few different levels. Multiple perspectives are important to
help ensure that you understand the person you are interviewing and are making the right decision for your team. It can also be really helpful if you include somebody who will be working directly with the successful candidate – that working knowledge of a role can help ensure the right questions are asked and the right person who can work well with the team is selected.

3. Be Prepared But Flexible

It is definitely recommended that you have a list of questions that help you uncover both details about the candidate’s skills and experience and their personality and where possible you should try to ask the same questions of everybody. At the same time though, you also need to be prepared and able to expand on questions depending on where the conversation takes you. If you don’t uncover all the information you need from a particular question and response, it can help to paraphrase what the person has said to encourage them to tell you more.

4. Take Detailed Notes

It can even be helpful to engage somebody specifically to write down notes and information about each candidate for you. Remember it can be daunting to have somebody writing while you’re talking, so open the interview with a few casual questions to help set the mood and make sure that both the interviewers and interviewees are comfortable and confident before you move onto the hard hitting, really important questions.

One final tip is to make sure that you’re interviewing for the right position in your organisation – remember that just because somebody vacated a particular role with a defined list of responsibilities it doesn’t mean that’s exactly what you have to hire for. You will have more successful interviews and get a higher calibre of applicant for the role if you analyse exactly what your business needs before you start hiring and interviewing!

What is your best piece of advice for making sure that interviews are successful and effective for all parties?

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