As a business owner, it’s likely you will need to hire additional staff as your company starts to expand and develop. For some of us interviewing potential candidates can be stressful and doesn’t always come naturally. It’s vital that you hire the right person with the best skills and experience for the position. But if you’re nervous, intimidating or ask the wrong questions, this can make the process challenging. While also putting your business plans on hold. So instead of dreading your upcoming interviews, read these tips and become a better interviewer today.
While you probably have plenty of business-related tasks to attend to, take the time to prepare yourself for the interview process. Re-read the interviewees application, create relevant questions and know the role you are hiring for inside out. This will help to put you at ease and set an organized and professional tone. Also, consider how to stay organized after the interviews have finished. You can transcribe audio to text to remind you of the candidates responses to questions. Or you could use a color coding system or make notes throughout. This is particularly useful if you are interviewing multiple candidates for the position. It can be easy to forget who was suitable and who wasn’t. So having something prepared to help you in advance can only be beneficial.
Make your questioning flexible
While it’s always good to have prompts to create a flow, don’t just stick to reading from your question list. Sometimes you might think of a different question to ask the interviewee, or they may ask you something you weren’t expecting. This could change the course of the interview but create a more natural conversation and setting, which could help you both relax. This could show you more of their personality and give you further understanding of their skill set and background. You may also feel that the questions you have prepared are not suitable or aren’t open ended enough. This can make it difficult to determine whether they are right for the job or not. So try to be flexible with your questioning but always make sure have a purpose.
Create a comfortable environment
It’s likely that your potential candidates will be nervous and eager to impress. These nerves can make them feel flustered, and you may not see them at their best. So try to make them feel as comfortable as possible. Supply refreshments and engage in small talk beforehand to make everyone feel relaxed. Also, let them know how long the interview will be and how the process is structured. This will get rid off all the mystery and help them mentally prepare themselves for what is ahead. Which in turn will make it easier to establish who is the best person for the position.
These tips will help you feel more in control and ready to interview your potential candidates. This is a major step in your company’s development, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. So take what you have learned and find the perfect person that will help your business flourish.