Interviewer Training: The Secrets to Successful Interviewing

Episode 68


Episode Overview

After an interview, have you questioned if you truly grasped a candidate’s capabilities? Imagine mastering your interview techniques to select the best fit for each position consistently. This episode of the Hire Calling Podcast will take you through interviewer training to ensure you hire effectively.

They’re redefining the interview paradigm, emphasizing a conversational 80/20 split, ensuring the candidate takes the lead. To genuinely gauge a candidate’s strength, they’ll mentor you in the craft of strategic questioning. Learn the harmonious blend of structured and unstructured interviews, addressing biases and ensuring legal and equitable interviewing practices.

As they wrap up, they stress the significance of soft skills, cultural fit, and valuing attitude over mere expertise. Pete and Ricky also highlight the transformative power of feedback in refining your approach. For all HR specialists, hiring managers, and recruiters keen to elevate their interviewing game, tune in, absorb the wisdom, and redefine your interviewing prowess!

40 minutes

Interview Training 101: How to Effectively Interview a Candidate

  • Understand the Role: Familiarize yourself with the job description to tailor your questions accordingly.
  • Prepare in Advance: Review the candidate’s resume, portfolio, and any other relevant materials.
  • Structure the Interview: Begin with easier questions to put the candidate at ease, then transition to more job-specific or challenging ones.
  • Use Open-Ended Questions: Favor questions that encourage detailed responses over simple yes/no answers.
  • Listen Actively: Give candidates your full attention, make eye contact, nod, and avoid interrupting.
  • Avoid Biased Questions: Steer clear of questions that could be discriminatory or irrelevant to the job.
  • Evaluate Soft Skills: Look for qualities like adaptability, communication, teamwork, and problem-solving.
  • Assess Cultural Fit: Ensure the candidate aligns with the company’s values without compromising diversity.
  • Seek Feedback: After the process, ask candidates for input on the interview experience to identify areas for improvement.
  • Reflect and Evaluate: Post-interview, review your notes and assess the candidate against a consistent set of criteria.
  • Communicate the Outcome: Whether or not the candidate is successful, inform them of the decision promptly and respectfully.

Additional resources

Pete Newsome

About Pete Newsome

Pete Newsome is the president of 4 Corner Resources, the nationally acclaimed staffing and recruiting firm he founded in 2005. His mission back then was the same as it is today: to do business in a personal way, while building an organization with boundless opportunities for ingenuity and advancement. When not managing 4 Corner’s growth or spending time with his family of six, you can find Pete sharing his sales and business expertise through public speaking, writing, and as the host of the Hire Calling podcast.

Ricky Baez

About Rick Baez

Efrain “Ricky” Baez Jr. is a published human resources professional specializing in strategically aligning HR competencies to business goals with a down to earth, common sense approach. Ricky is a four- year veteran of the United States Marine Corps and holds a Masters degree in Human Resources (MHR) from Rollins College and an SPHR certification from the Human Resources Certification Institute. Ricky is also a faculty member for the Master of Human Resources program at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida.

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