Making a poor hiring choice can cost your company a lot of money. It is a much better investment to concentrate on hiring the right candidate the first time. There are some tips and tricks to know before beginning your interviewing process that can help you determine the very best candidate for your open job. Here are a few ideas to try with your next candidate search.
- Over-prepare. It is best to spend too much time on this process than not enough. Spend quite a bit of time thinking about the open position, the type of person who will succeed in the role, and how you plan to onboard them to integrate well within the company culture. It is important to do this before you begin to interview candidates and get stuck making an on the spot decision that you may later regret. You also owe it to each candidate to conduct as much research on their skills and background as you expect them to do for the company.
- Evaluate non-verbal cues. A candidate not only communicates through their answers but they will also express quite a bit with their body language and social skills. Start by asking your receptionist to note the way the candidate acts when they arrive for the interview. Have another individual in your company interview them as well so you can compare notes on the way they interacted and how they function around new people.
- Throw a curveball. In the job description ask the candidate to reply by including one rather strange request. This can be anything as long as you maintain professionalism. Ask something like “incorporate the phrase ‘big jungle cat’ into your cover letter.” Or, in the interview, ask a question that is out of the box such as “if you were a car, what kind of car would you be?” This will allow you to see how they pay attention to detail and how they think on their feet when asked something unusual.
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