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!
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.
- Interview Formats to Use When Hiring
- Top Interview Red Flags to Watch Out For
- Interview Scoring Sheets
- How to Assess Soft Skills in an Interview
- How to Give Interview Feedback
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