No matter the size of your business, the success of your organization hinges on the quality of your hires. Use these four ideas to conduct more discerning job interviews and discover how to weed out the best from the rest.
We tend to believe that it’s the candidate who must prepare for a job interview, but the same is true for the interviewer. Review the candidate’s background and think about specific questions you can make to gauge their experience and expertise. Ask the same questions to all the candidates, but think of specific things you could inquire about depending on their personal history.
A job interview shouldn’t be an aimless conversation but a well-thought-out process. Before the interview starts, set objectives and move through them as the exchange between you and the candidate evolves. Think of the interview as a test or a final exam and strive to be personable but rigorous at the same time.
This is probably the oldest piece of advice when it comes to human interactions, but some people still forget to apply it. When interviewing candidates for a job position, make sure to listen. Pay attention to the terms they use and ask yourself why they chose that specific nuance. When it comes to personal information, listen to their story, and note how they depict themselves and past coworkers. For example, if in their stories they always blame others of their mistakes, that may indicate a lack of accountability.
Use Follow-Up Questions
Follow-up questions are a great communication tool you can use in all sorts of situations, including job interviews. Like we recommend above, make sure to listen carefully to the interviewee and ask any questions you believe are relevant. Some examples of follow-up questions you can use during a job interview include:
- How did you react to that?
- How did that make you feel?
- Why did you make that decision?
- What was the result of that action?
- How did you arrive at that conclusion?
About the Greater Riverside Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
At the Greater Riverside Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GRHCC), our core mission is supporting small businesses and economic development with advocacy, business referrals, marketing opportunities, training programs, student internships, and scholarships.