Recruiting and hiring is just as much about selling your company to a candidate as it is candidates selling themselves. The time you have during your interview with a job candidate is precious. These conversations will be a huge component in whether or not you choose to hire this individual.
Before your next interview with a potential new hire, ensure you’ve considered the following items.
One of the main reasons new hires fail is because the interviewer does not use the interview time to its fullest effect. Take this time to dig deep in order to determine if the applicant will fit into the work culture, can truly do the job, and if this job will be fulfilling enough for them to stay in the company and create lasting success.
Instead of a strict, formal Q&A interview, try a more relaxed approach. Treating an interview like a conversation will help the candidate open up about themselves. This also allows you to see beyond skills and previous work history to personality and character. Facilitate creative, peer-to-peer interaction, avoiding predictable interview questions. This allows both you and the potential new hire to better understand what it would be like to work with each other.
Candidates attend interviews to see whether or not they have a future with your company. Discuss their short- and long-term goals to see where potential new hires want to go in their career. With this knowledge, you can provide outlets for them to achieve those goals once they start with your company. Upon starting their new role, new hires will feel like you have their best interests at heart and will be more likely to advocate for your business.
Ensuring your interview with a prospective employee is pleasant, informative, and productive will go a long way in both leaving a positive impression and ensuring a quality hire.
Since opening our doors in 2000, Greene Resources has placed over 20,000 individuals in careers from the Triangle to the coast. Our interview and screening process has been carefully cultivated over the years. We work to ensure our employees and clients can connect in such a way that jobs become purposeful, impactful, and long-term careers. If you need ideas on how to improve your hiring process or ways to ensure you are having meaningful conversations during your interviews, we’d love to hear from you.