7 Tips for Conducting a Job Interview

When job interviews are conducted well, they can appear to be an easy task. But in reality, efficiently leading an interview takes preparation and planning. Taking time to effectively hire today can save your business time and money later. 

Valuable time and resources can be lost when an organization spends time training a new hire only to have them quickly leave. Instead, talk to an employment expert about your staffing goals. Staffing Network can help you with short-term and permanent hires. They can also pre-screen candidates so you will only be interviewing qualified job seekers.

1. Prepare In Advance

Before calling in candidates, hiring managers should do a bit of preparation, including looking over the job description that was posted and the candidate’s resume. This can give you insight into what strengths or weaknesses could be discussed during the course of the interview.

2. Try to Appear Confident

It is common for job seekers to be nervous when entering an interview, hiring managers can help ease their worries by appearing confident and looking comfortable themselves. Some managers find it helpful to walk a candidate through how the interview will proceed. Then, the candidate will know what to expect and the conversation about the position can be more relaxed.

3. Information About the Organization

Part of your introduction could include some company background. This can help an interviewee understand how the position they are interested in fits into a larger organization. 

4. Talk About the Position

Have a list of questions ready about the job itself. For example, you can ask about how a candidate feels they will be able to contribute to the responsibilities listed in the job description. Or how the position fits into their personal or career goals. 

5. Take Notes During the Job Interview

When interviewing multiple candidates, don’t assume you will be able to remember every answer given. Instead, take notes. Then, when you look over notes about work experience and compare them, you will be able to land on the right candidate.

6. Give the Candidate Time to Ask Questions

Toward the end of the interview, give the interviewee an opportunity to ask questions about the position, department, or company. This can be a great way to determine their interest in the  job. 

7. Describe Next Steps

Before saying goodbye, let the candidate know what happens next. You may be interviewing for two weeks and will then inform everyone who interviewed if they are a final candidate or not, for example. 

With preparation and care, you can avoid expensive hiring errors. Many companies choose to work with temporary workers before offering candidates full-time positions. Temporary placements give both the employee and the employer a chance to determine if the professional relationship is a good fit before agreeing to a permanent placement.

Are you ready to start interviewing quality candidates for open positions at your organization? Staffing Network Is a full-service staffing and recruiting firm that specializes in light/skilled industrial, engineering, and operations professionals. Our experts can help you find the best person for your company. Connect with the Staffing Network today.