So one of the things you don’t always learn in life is how to interview. When you are starting out in your career, you will doubtless go to interview as a nervous, sweaty-palmed candidate but what happens when the tables are turned, and you are now the one hiring and firing? Here is our quick guide to interviewing techniques to get you started.

Have a Interview Plan

You do not get long with each candidate so decide what you want to discover about them. While you will already have met them on paper, this is your chance to see how they come across, what their personality is, and how you think that might gel into your team. Be sure to have a range of questions, including the more obscure behaviour type questions that will challenge them to think on the spot; however just one or two this is an interview, not an interrogation.

Decide a Running Order

If you approach each interview in the same way, you should broadly get the same snapshot of each interviewee. So, start by talking about the job, checking their fit, then move on to more about them and your predefined questions. Make sure you give them time to ask you questions as well. Not all candidates will, and this is not a failing of theirs, provided they have engaged well for the interview you may genuinely have covered everything.

Timing is Everything

What you don’t want is to scramble your brain with a constant stream of candidates. So be sure to set the interview with a sensible amount of space between. When on candidate leaves you want to tidy up your notes and have a chat with your fellow interviewers about your feelings on the fit of that candidate, but before the next one arrives you also want enough time to go through their application and remind yourself why they were shortlisted.

Consider their Presentation

Some people learn how to do interviews, but this isn’t always a good thing. A slick string of answers can seem highly professional but are you getting to see the candidate or just an actor playing the part. The obscure questions are designed to catch this and ensure that a genuine response is offered, but listen to what they say and be sure to hold your focus.

Body Language

Interested people have a tendency to lean forward slightly and engage with the room. A good candidate should be comfortable speaking to all members of the interview panel. Slouching back in the chair isn’t the best look and fiddling with their mobile is a serious red flag. They should project an image that suggests they really want to work for you.

Close the Interview

At the end of each interview be sure to confirm what will happen next. Let them know when you plan to make your decision and how you will be contacting people. Outstaff has a vast experience in conducting interviews, and a member of our team will always be available to form part of your interview panel and offer guidance so why not give us a call today.

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