Mastering the art of the interview isn’t easy, yet it is an integral part—if not the most crucial part—of the hiring process. After reviewing numerous resumes and cover letters, narrowing down the options, the interview is an opportunity for each candidate to “jump off the page,” to dazzle you with a winning personality and expand on skills beyond the written application. It’s also a moment for you to delve further into the job description and responsibilities, giving the candidate a clearer view of your expectations.
In all likelihood you have either been interviewed by a prospective employer, interviewed a prospective candidate, or maybe both. Then you know how stressful the process is. But it doesn’t have to be. Having a good set of interview practices in place can help your interviews run more smoothly so you can effectively get the information you need and make a confident choice.
Some great practices to keep in mind for every interview include:
Another great interview practice is conducting pre-employment testing. Test results not only help you narrow down the prospective candidates, but also learn more about each one before the interview stage. During the interview, you can find out more about the candidate’s skills by going over the test results.
Pre-employment testing can help you:
Following good interview practices consistently during the hiring process can help you get the right candidate for every job. As with anything else, practice will help you perfect the art of the interview. If you’re nervous about interviewing, see if you can sit in a few interviews with other hiring managers until you get your feet wet.
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It’s great to see that what how you are doing for a lot of time, are considered to be rules of a successful process by others. Gives me a sense of confidence and pride in how I’m doing things. Common sense procedures turned into rules to be followed show me that people are finally transforming into human beings that also think of others, not just about themselves. I want to read more articles like this, and I promise I shall help share them!
Information that when you read, you actually think that you already knew it. It’s like they have been in the back of your head for so long, but somebody else gets to say them. Having them in writing is sure a great deal, and this guideline should be posted on the HR white board for everybody to read when they join.
I can really see face to face interviews lose more and more ground until they are completely replaced by pre-screening and online interviews. They are cheaper and they provide more insight on the candidate. Maybe we will still use old-school face to face interview for positions that require a lot of time spent directly with the customers, but that will only be to assess the charisma and personality of the candidate, things that you can’t actually assess online.