I hope you’ve been enjoying the last two steps of the interview process, as seen from the recruiters side. Today I wanted to explore the “old school” tips I have about interviewing candidates. Let’s begin…
Recruiters prep work:
1. Prepare– “Always guide the interview. By preparing questions and reviewing the resume in advance, you will move the conversation in the direction you want…”
2. Establish Rapport– “Introductions go more smoothly and lead into more effective interviews when you begin with rapport-building statements and questions…remember that your first words to the candidate will set the mood for the rest of the interview.”
3. Gather Information– “There are four types of techniques that interviewers use: Open-ended, Probing, Direct, and Situational, and all should be utilized in the interview.”
Open-ended questions are those that force the candidate to think and formulate his/her answer before speaking. The interviewer should be evaluating not only what is being said but how it is being said-what was the thought process behind the formulation of the answer. Ex: Tell me about the project you’re currently working on.
Probing questions are used to gather information about something the candidate has said that merits more attention, is interesting, or raises red flags. Ex: What is your specific role in the project?
Direct questions are those which require a yes/no or very short answer…they are used to clarify information. Ex: So you independently designed your own experiments/projects?
Situational questions are hypothetical ‘What if…?’ questions and are useful in determining how the candidate thinks through problems.
Here are some questions interviewers are taught to ask:
1. Give me an example of a time when you had to go above and beyond the call of duty in order to get a job done.
2. Give me an example of a time when you were able to communicate successfully with another person, even when that individual may not have personally liked you.
3. What did you do in your last job in order to be effective with your organization and planning? Be specific.
4. Describe the most creative work-related project you have completed.
5. Give me an example of a problem you faced on the job, and tell me how you solved it.
6. Tell me about a situation in your past in which you had to deal with a very upset customer or co-worker.
7. If you joined our organization, where do you think you could make your best contribution?
8. In considering joining a company, what are some of the factors that you take into consideration?
9. What do you regard to be your outstanding qualities?
10. To be a successful manager, what percentage of your decisions must be correct?”
4. Give Information– Having learned what a candidate has to offer, the interviewer should provide information about the company.
5. Close the Interview– In closing the interview, the interviewer should ask if there is anything else he/she should know about the candidate’s qualifications, and then explain what the next step will be in the selection process, inform the person when to expect to hear from the company.”
Tomorrow I will share the toughest question us candidates have to answer.
What did you do today?