Interviewing for your business can be something that is fun and exciting. There is something that can fill you with excitement with the thought of adding someone new to the team, to help grow the business, and add their thoughts and ideas. Yet, we can often forget to recognise the cost of choosing someone new and doing so too quickly. If you rush the process or hire for the wrong reasons, then it can end up being costly, in time and money.
It is likely that we can all think of some examples of an employee who wasn’t really the right match for the business or the business culture, and the people that dragged down the productivity and effectiveness of the team. So with things like that at stake, that can be tough for your business, then it is important to make sure that you engage in the interview process and take steps that are going to help. So here are a few tips to make your interviews go as smoothly as possible.
Do interview in groups whenever possible
It can be easy for one person to miss something like a certain tone of voice or hesitation, but if you are able to interview as part of a team, even if there is just one other person, it can make a big difference. You will not miss anything and it can be good to talk to someone after and gather their thoughts as well.
Don’t leave yourself open to uncertainty
If there was something that the interviewee said that left you with some questions or they said something that you don’t fully understand, then it is important to ask the question again. If you think that the role needs a more rigorous process so that you can delve deeper and see the candidate in a different way, then you could do more than one round of interviews. Don’t waste time with bad hiring because you rushed the process. Instead, take your time until you’re confident you know enough about the person.
Do perform background checks
In order to be able to remain competitive in your business, companies need to do more to use technology to modernise their hiring processes. If you use background check services then it will help you to attract and retain more qualified candidates and have candidates that are the right fit for the business right from the start. You don’t want to make a hire of a new person and then find down the line that their references don’t check out, or that they have a theft criminal record, for example. Some people won’t be honest on their applications, so you need to perform background checks to make a difference.
Do test their real-world skills
If there are certain tasks that are a part of the job role, then have the potential employee do it and show you how they do it. It can be true that some skills are able to be taught, but you need to have an idea of what is going on and how they perform with things. This can make a big difference and demonstrates if they can even follow some simple instructions.