Top 10 Interview Best Practices
Top 10 Interview Best Practices – In every employment market, candidates need to say yes when they are offering a position. It is up to the company and its recruiters to create an environment that will assure that when they provide an offer it is accepted.
Top 10 List
Here are the top 10 things that recruiters need to do when they are hiring.
Make the right first impression. Job candidates know to put their best foot forward, but companies in hiring mode can forget to do the same. That includes everything from seeing that the office receptionist greets the candidate and treats them with respect, to company employees smiling and saying hello as the candidate walks to and from the interview. Creating a recruitment-friendly atmosphere is the job of the whole company. You should never underestimate how important a compelling company culture is to the overall hiring process.
- Have a complete and accurate job description. If the position is not clear to the hiring manager, they will not be able to explain it to the candidate. The description should have a good summary that is posted or placed in the ad in addition to the full one which would be understood before the interview starts.
- Have the candidate review the job description before the interview. if the candidate knows the roles and responsibilities of the position they will be much more likely to provide a better picture of how they could fill the role.
- Communicate to the candidate what the interview will entail. Let the candidate know that they will be spending x time in the interview. If there is any testing of any sort they should be aware of that especially if there is a personality or physiological testing process.
- Be prompt. if the interview is scheduled for 3:00, start it at that time. Have a replacement interviewer ready in case the scheduled recruiter is called away for any reason.
- Allow no interruptions. Focus on the candidate. Turn off your cell phone and email notifications. Put your office line on Do Not Disturb. Do not have anything between you and the candidate like a computer display.
- Prepare for the interview. Know who the candidate is and have a set of questions ready to be asked.
- Have materials to be provided to the candidate available. If the recruiter is going to provide any materials see that it is on hand. Put a post-it note on the materials with the candidate’s name on the materials. That will show the candidate that they were important enough to cause the company to have materials pre-prepared.
- Be enthusiastic. he recruiter should be positive and enthusiastic not only about the job that is being filled but also about the company.
- Provide a set of next steps at the end of the interview. Tell the candidate what will happen next and when. Do not take too long to decide on hiring or removing from consideration and or schedule a follow-up interview.