Improve Your Interviewing Skills as the Interviewer

April 19th, 2013

Interviewing well is a talent for both sides of the desk. It is an art that takes two people to perfect. The interview should be a give and take and everyone involved should leave with a complete picture of the potential partnership. Here are seven tips for improving your skills as an interviewer.

  1. Read and research. Potential candidates are expected to have researched the company and the job before showing up to an interview. The same respect and preparation should be given by the interviewer. Review their resume completely and check out their LinkedIn profile for additional information. If both sides are well prepared the conversation should be easy and informative.
  2. Your complete attention. It is sometimes difficult to forget about all of the other things happening in the office during the interview. Your candidate deserves your undivided attention and it is respectful to provide it to them. Listen carefully and don’t feel the need to fill any silence. If you don’t fill the gaps the candidate is likely to continue sharing information with you.
  3. Scenarios not questions. Behavioral interviewing is a process by which you learn how a person would react in a specific situation. Think about a real situation that has or could happen in your department. Present it to them and ask how they would react in that situation. This will typically give you a more honest understanding of their personality for the job rather than answering general questions they practiced before arriving.
  4. Avoid the quirky questions. Some interviewing advice suggests that you ask some unconventional questions to make the interviewee pause and consider their answer. Questions might include “if you were any animal, what would you be?” This method doesn’t really provide any value and only makes the potential candidate uncomfortable speaking with you. Avoid these questions.
  5. Unspoken language. Body language is another good way to understand each other. You can gauge a lot by noticing if they are nervous or if they make proper eye contact. Are they sitting back with their arms crossed? Are they leaning forward and mirroring your body language?  All of these can be clues to their personality.
  6. Individual and company values.  Your organization already has a developed company culture. It is important that the new candidate fit in well with your current team and share the same values as your organization in general. This might be the most important aspect of the interview because of this kind of chemistry doesn’t exist it can’t be forced.
  7. Give them homework. You want to see how your potential candidate performs so give them a task to complete. When you schedule the interview suggest that they bring in a formatted letter or a spreadsheet with specific information for your review. This way you can truly understand how well they do at the skills you need.

Are you looking for your next superstar candidate? Contact the recruiters at Meador Staffing to see how we can help you today! 

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