Most of the time we are on the receiving end of the interview process, and that is one of the most exhilarating experiences for many people. It’s easy to answer questions, even if we do so poorly, however very few of us have any idea about how to conduct a good interview.
No one wants to hire a dummy
So how do we go about this? You don’t want to conduct your first interview and embarrass yourself or your reputation. I have prepared for you a quick guide to conducting interviews which I will share with you to help you on your road to success.
1. Start Slow
Start your interviews off safe, slow and personal. Ask them about their first job or where they grew up. You want to relax your interviewee and make them feel comfortable, like they were having another conversation. This starts the conversation off on safe grounds and allows to to see where they are coming from, you never know what you may find out.
2. Don’t Hammer, Coax It Out
There is a time to be firm and aggressive to get information however an interview for employment is not one of them. People will be much more inclined to tell you sensitive information if you carefully talk them through it.
3. Ask What You Don’t Know
If you have prepared properly you should have already read through the interviewee’s resume, ask one or two questions to verify their resume, there is no reason to have them recite it. Remember this is your opportunity to get to know the applicant.
4. Ask Open Ended Questions and Let Them Wander… A Bit
Asking open ended questions will allow you to see how your applicant thinks, what they think about and where their mind takes them. If they go too far off, gently steer them back to the original question and how it applies to their work.
5. Don’t Send Questions in Advance
Sending questions in advance will only set you up for an almost scripted interview, which is one of the last things you want. You should inform the interviewee ahead of time what topics the interview will cover but don’t be too specific, you want the applicant to be on their toes, as you would want them on the floor.
The whole point of the interview is to learn more about the applicant and what they have to offer. The key is to pay close attention to what is not answered and making judgements to why that area was glossed over. Listen carefully to everything the applicant had to say, make notes on how they said it, any body language that stood out, these are all important aspects to reflect on when deciding on hiring the interviewee or not.