You are an employer and are looking to hire someone new. How do you ensure that your potential employee provides you with all you need and want? What steps do you take to find that dream employee? Here are 5 top tips for an employer to conduct that winning interview and find the best employee for the job.
#1. Define the Job. It sounds so simple. Yet it is step #1 and very important. Your job descriptions will set the stage for your potential employees. Once you know exactly what you are looking for, you will have an easier time finding a person who can accommodate each request. For example, are you looking for an office manager who is good at answering phones, customer service, organization, computer proficiency? Make your job description as detailed as possible so you can use this during the interview as a guideline to asking your questions.
#2. List Your Top 5. Make a top 5 list of duties/responsibilities that this person will be in charge of. This list contains the most important aspects of the job. By having your top 5 list, you can define what is extremely valuable to the position. These characteristics and traits can also be included in your interview questions so you know what to ask.
#3. Question No-No’s. Make sure to not ask any of the interview question no-no’s. These questions include personal questions such as marital status, family status (kids or not), sexual orientation, religious status, age (you are able to ask if over 18 or 21 if applicable for the job requirement), prior arrests, military status, disability status (See American Disabilities Act for complete guidelines), and dates attended school.
#4. Candidate Assessment. First impressions are everything. Make sure the candidate is dressed appropriately for your work setting. Make sure the candidate is well-spoken and well-written. Your employees are a direct representation of you and your company. Look at the candidate’s work ethic and interest in working for your company. Is the candidate interested in long-term growth and development? Does the candidate seem stable and willing to dedicate the required amount of time to your job? This is your time to make your assessment.
#5. Pay Attention. Really listen to what the candidate is saying and how the candidate is answering your questions. The interview time is a time for you, the employer, to listen more than teach, educate, or inform. By allowing the candidate to talk as much as possible, you will get to know the personality of your candidate and you will gain better insight as to whether or not this candidate is best qualified for the job.
A follow-up interview may be necessary if you have a few qualified candidates that you are having a hard time choosing between. However, the initial interview should narrow that gap tremendously and find you the candidate of your dreams. Once you decide to hire the candidate, you’ll have to set up a training schedule for the new employee so that all your ducks are in a row.