People traditionally see the interview process as one that places all the pressure on the job candidate. However, it requires an interviewer who also knows what he or she is doing, and who can confidently and comfortably control the conversation.
For eight tips for an effective interview process, check out our infographic below. For a more in-depth look at five specific ones, read on:
1. Study the candidate before the interview
Before the interview even begins, it is important to study the candidate. Review resumes, look into to companies that interviewees have worked for and fully understand the position you’re hiring for before stepping into an interview. Once you’ve looked over resumes, cover letters and companies, it will be up to you to make sure interviewees offer the information you need to make an educated decision on hiring.
2. Create a relaxed environment
The environment you create and maintain has everything to do with how an interview will progress. To begin, it is important to start off slow. Rushing into a tough interview can lead to a less genuine conversation. Begin informally to ease the interviewee into the back-and-forth about his or her qualifications. A calm and friendly approach to interviewing is more likely to result in genuine answers from the candidate.
3. Ask open-ended questions
When you get into an important line of question, keep the queries open-ended. This will allow the interviewee more room to explain the sort of things that ultimately may help you make the final decision on hiring.
4. Stay engaged
Allow the individual to talk, and remain engaged when he or she is doing so. Just like starting slow, these are great ways to keep the candidate’s answers genuine and informative. Additionally, by staying attentive throughout the interview, you’ll be sure to catch crucial details or slips.
5. Structure the conversation
Despite the recommendations that interviewers create a comfortable atmosphere and give candidates the chance to talk, it is important to ensure that the conversation is structured. This will help you keep the pace of the interview under control.
It is the interviewer’s responsibility to make sure the conversation goes well, and allows for the job candidate to make a case for him or herself. There’s pressure on the people on each side of the table – but play your part as an interviewer, and the interviewee will likely follow. Interested in more tips? This infographic can help: