Interviewing is never easy. Your recruiter will assist you in preparing for each interview with the candidate. Below are some general interview tips and sample interview questions. For further interviewing information and tips, contact your recruiter.
The Do's and Don'ts of Interviewing a Candidate:
- Read the candidate’s résumé before the candidate arrives and have specific questions prepared for the candidate.
- Help the candidate relax as much as possible. A high pressured interview does not allow candidates to accurately represent themselves.
- Hold off on forming an opinion until the 20-minute mark. At that time, if you like the candidate, make the questions more difficult. If you are losing interest in the candidate, ask easier questions to give the candidate another chance to shine.
- Have a game plan. Know what skills, traits and characteristics you are seeking before the candidate arrives. "I know it when I see it" never works.
- Allow candidates to ask questions.
- Answer the phone, email or allow any distractions during the time you are with the candidate. If you are expecting an interruption, let the candidate know at the beginning of the meeting.
- Bring up benefits, salary, or vacation time (your recruiter will handle these details on your behalf).
- Speak negatively about other companies or employees.
- Set unrealistic expectations in terms of their candidacy or your time frame to fill the position.
Questions to Ask Candidates
You should always prepare questions to ask each candidate. Having no questions prepared sends the message that you did not prepare or you are not interested in the candidate.
- Tell me your 2-3 key responsibilities each day, and tell me what percentage of time you spend on each?
- What do you enjoy most about your current role and why? What do you enjoy least and why?
- How do you prefer to be managed? Tell me about the best relationship you had with a prior manager.
- What has been your single greatest career accomplishment? Why does it stand out?
- Where do you see yourself a year from now? 5 years? 10 years?