Mastering the art of the interview isn’t easy, yet it is an integral part—if not the most crucial part—of the hiring process. After reviewing numerous resumes and cover letters, narrowing down the options, the interview is an opportunity for each candidate to “jump off the page,” to dazzle you with a winning personality and expand on skills beyond the written application. It’s also a moment for you to delve further into the job description and responsibilities, giving the candidate a clearer view of your expectations.
In all likelihood you have either been interviewed by a prospective employer, interviewed a prospective candidate, or maybe both. Then you know how stressful the process is. But it doesn’t have to be. Having a good set of interview practices in place can help your interviews run more smoothly so you can effectively get the information you need and make a confident choice.
Some great practices to keep in mind for every interview include:
Another great interview practice is conducting pre-employment testing. Test results not only help you narrow down the prospective candidates, but also learn more about each one before the interview stage. During the interview, you can find out more about the candidate’s skills by going over the test results.
Pre-employment testing can help you:
Following good interview practices consistently during the hiring process can help you get the right candidate for every job. As with anything else, practice will help you perfect the art of the interview. If you’re nervous about interviewing, see if you can sit in a few interviews with other hiring managers until you get your feet wet.
For more tips on how to improve your interviewing process, download the white paper, “Anatomy of an Interview”. You’ll be on your way to having less stressful and more effective interviews in no time!
International HR Director for OSF Global Services, Andreea is a veteran recruiter who has seen them all. She developed HR recruiting strategies and retention programs that guarantees the success of the company. She is a people person and she handles very easy new relationships with new employees, but her most interesting challenge is to find the middle way between company’s best interests and employee’s needs. To learn more about Andreea contact her on LinkedIn.