Conducting an effective interview is a crucial part of growing any business. It’s the first impression for potential employees and with the right strategy, business owners can attract the best candidates to build their team. Here are some interviewing tips to help identify top-tier talent during the recruitment process:
Have a set plan and move quickly
The best way to go into the interviewing process is with a plan. Being prepared with questions and scenarios ahead of time can set your team up for success. During the interview process, moving quickly when scheduling interviews, making hiring decisions and having a clear channel of communication with candidates increases one’s chance of securing top talent.
Follow the 80/20 rule
One of the most overlooked aspects of interviewing is listening. The 80/20 rule suggests that interviewers speak 20% of the time while listening 80%. Following this strategy gives the potential employee the floor to share their experience and allows the listener to learn more while also assessing their fit within the company. Interviewers should start the conversation with their planned questions, but leave the majority of the allotted interview time for the candidate to ask questions and speak without interruption.
Ask open-ended questions
There are many different types of questions that increase the effectiveness of an interview, but open-ended questions are a great way to gather additional information and more thoughtful perspectives from prospective employees. These questions can range from behavioral and anecdotal queries to situational prompts designed to elicit meaningful answers.
Communicate your company culture
The COVID-19 pandemic has shifted employee’s values and many people are looking for a company culture that aligns with their goals. During the interview process, be sure to explain what makes your company unique, including flexible work arrangements or opportunities for professional development. Offering these selling points will help candidates envision how they can fit in your business’ environment and attract those who are the right fit for your team.
Set your expectations
Misunderstandings are common in the recruiting process, so be clear on your company’s expectations. Be up-front about job responsibilities, performance goals and anything relevant to the posted position. By setting clear expectations, an interviewer can filter out candidates who may not be a fit for the company or the role. Be transparent about the salary and benefit package for the position as well.
Interviewing can be a daunting task that requires a lot of time and effort but by creating a plan with open-ended questions, clear communication and expectations, your organization will be supported by engaged, talented employees. Follow these tips and strategies to streamline your recruiting process and find the right people for the job!
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