Interviewing isn’t a simple case of writing down a bunch of clichéd questions and firing them at the candidates like a magazine interview. It should be a conversation between the two of you designed to find out as much relevant information as you can about the prospective employee sat across the table from you. In most cases it’s going to be the first and last opportunity for you to meet the person before potentially hiring them- so you have to make the most of it. Here are some great tips to make sure that you master your interview technique and maximise your chances of choosing the right candidate for your firm.
Just like the people you interview, it’s important to prepare properly for the interview. Whereas the candidate would not be well equipped enough to answer your questions without preparation, if you don’t prepare properly then you won’t have any meaningful questions to ask- making the whole interview a bit of a missed opportunity. With typically large numbers of applicants for each role, it’s more important than ever to streamline the process and make every step of the process worthwhile.
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It’s Not a Q&A…
As we said, you won’t find out enough about an interviewee by just reading from a list of pre-prepared questions. Let the conversation flow, let the candidate speak and you’re bound to find out far more about them- after all, this way it will be a far more natural conversation rather than you reading your clichéd questions and the candidate giving their clichéd answers.
(Not So) Awkward Silences
Sometimes, pausing for five seconds or so after the interviewee has finished speaking can, rather than leaving an awkward silence, actually elicit more of a response from the speaker. And not only that- since many people are likely to have prepared answers to your interview questions, leaving a little silence at the end will encourage them to speak a little more openly about themselves. They’re unlikely to be comfortable in having gaps of silence in your conversation- understandably so.
Although it’s not realistic to come out of the interview with a verbatim account of your conversation written down, it’s important to note down certain interesting things that the interviewee said during the interview. If anything catches your attention then make a note of it- that way you will be able to closely compare accompanying notes between all of the candidates. And these notes could be the difference between hiring the right person and, well…not.