Top 5 tips for interviewing
You can make sure that you hire the best people for your company by following these five effective tips for interviewing.
- Know what you are looking for now and in the future; be really clear about what you think 'good' looks like and look for evidence of this in the candidate's background. Remember that The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development reckons that a good performer will create 1000% more value than an average performer.
- Read the CV before you meet the candidate and pull out anything that concerns you or anything that you want to find out more about. Take the time to get a deep understanding of specific disconcerting happenings in a candidate's background; don't ignore your gut feeling or experience.
- Try not to make your mind up about a candidate in the first two minutes of meeting them; dig into their background and experience and make the assessment after 20 minutes with your initial impression in mind. If the candidate is a really good potential employee but not right for the role you have, you should ask yourself if you can use them elsewhere now or in the future.
- If you find the right candidate who will make a real difference to your business, know how to sell to them: know what their goals, career aspirations, and motivations are and how you can honestly meet them (or not).
- What else can you get from this meeting? Referrals? Competitor information? A raving fan for your business? Use the time wisely even with someone who isn't right for the role, to get the maximum benefit from it for you and the business.
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