Finding the perfect match for a vacancy at your company? Well, sourcing the right candidate is much more than getting applications matching the qualifications and experience required. While resumes do tell you a lot, only a face to face interaction reveals aspects about a candidate that helps you make a better judgment. Hence, getting the right candidate depends on your interview process. The right interviewing technique is your key to that perfect candidate. As recruitment consultants in India, we give you these 5 steps to conduct an interview to help you build a pool of talent.
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1. Do Your Homework
Before jumping on to the actual interview, you must be clear on the kind of candidate you need. Determine qualities whether educational or behavioral that you wish to see in the candidate and how it will answer your needs. Once the resumes are shortlisted as per your needs, spend time knowing as much as you can about the candidate. Go through their resume and figure out questions that can be asked. Also, view the candidate’s social media profile. Check if they have any recommendations on LinkedIn. This will help you set the base for the perfect interview.
2. Make the Candidate Feel at Ease
Many firms make the mistake of treating the interview as a one-way process. But, this will not allow you to gain vital information about your potential hires. Although it is necessary to be professional during an interview, making the candidate feel at ease will be beneficial to you. You can do that by greeting them with a warm smile or a friendly introduction. As comfortable the candidate feels, the more likely you will see the real him or her.
3. Ask Open Ended Questions
Asking open ended questions is the most effective way to evaluate a given candidate. Ask questions like â€˜Tell me about yourselfâ€™, â€˜Why do you want to work with usâ€™ or â€˜Where do you see yourself five years down the lineâ€™. These questions provide you valuable information about them and also how they look at themselves. Such information helps you analyze their candidature for the role as well as the culture.
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4. Give Interviewee a Chance to Ask Questions
This is an important step to conduct a successful interview. Not only does it allow you to present yourself in the best light, but also lets you evaluate the candidate further. Allowing candidates to ask question helps you know their behavioral aspects, their actual needs, the result they seek to gain by acquiring the job, etc. For instance, if the candidate focuses on salary and benefits, then his intention could be money but if they ask you questions about the culture, job profile, etc, their motivation for the job could be much more than just money.
5. Close the Interview
Once the interview is done with, make sure to close it by thanking the interviewee and being clear with instructions regarding any follow-ups. Although no fake promises must be made, be clear about how you would follow up with them or let them know your final decision. Also, ensure that this is done as specified during the interview, as many firms promise on getting back but lose out on talent because of the failure to timely revert back.
Going beyond facts is your key to a perfect job interview. After all, the right hire not only has the required qualifications and experience but also qualities that do not disrupt your organizational decorum.