10 Interview Tips to Ensure a Smooth Hiring Process

Most individuals have gone through the process of being interviewed, while few have been on the opposite side of the table interviewing candidates. Use these tips before and during the interview to ensure a smooth hiring process.

Tips Leading Up to the Interview

1. Find a comfortable setting/location.

Being comfortable will benefit both you and the candidate you’re interviewing. When you both are comfortable, the conversion can flow easier allowing better focus on the interview process.

2. Familiarize yourself with the position you’re hiring for.

Ensure that the position description is up to date and accurately describes the job requirements. This will help the candidate when they have questions, especially candidates that are just starting out and are inquiring where this job could lead them in future.

3. Review the candidate’s resume before the interview.

This may seem like an obvious step, but reviewing resumes before an interview will show the candidate that you take their time seriously, respect their experiences, and have tailored interview questions specifically to them.

Tips During The Interview Process

1. Outline the interview structure for the candidate.

You may want to begin by giving a brief description of the company itself and then the job duties. After that, the candidate will have the opportunity to ask any questions. This sets up the parameters of the interview, keeps you both focused, and gives the candidate an idea of what to expect.

2. Extend professional courtesies.

Offer candidates a glass of water, ask if they had difficulty finding the company, be on time, and consider giving them a tour. All of these should give the potential new hire a greater sense of comfort.

3. Watch nonverbal signals.

The candidate will be looking for signs about the company depicted by your demeanor. Keep your own nonverbal signals in mind. Of course, you will also be observing the candidate’s nonverbal signals.

4. Write down and ask questions that directly relate to the job’s responsibilities.

This will keep you on track so you don’t stray too far off topic. Make sure to ask behavioral-type questions that include specific examples. These open-ended questions will allow candidates to explain past experiences, giving you a better idea of how they have worked previously.

5. Don’t talk too much during the interview process.

Allow the candidate to say what they need to say. Be sure to prompt them with questions that will start a story or continue conversation. The interviewer should only be talking during 20% of the interview.

6. Don’t get too friendly.

Keep it polite and professional; your questions should be strictly professional. This will keep you from hiring the wrong person just because you liked them.

7. Follow up with candidates via phone or email.

Keep potential candidates up to date on the status of the position. Whether they get hired or not, this will give the interview process closure. Following up also leaves a positive impression of your company with the candidate.

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We strive to ensure each new hire will make a contribution to help keep Society moving forward. Beyond the necessary skills required for the job, we look to hire those with additional attributes to create a cohesive environment within our company. Join us and maximize your potential here at Society Insurance by applying at societyinsurance.com.

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