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employer interview techniques

The job interview is an employer’s opportunity to determine the suitability of a candidate. It’s also the candidate’s first impression of your company, so ensuring that you conduct the interview in the best possible manner could make a significant difference towards the outcome.

We’ve listed our employer interview technique recommendations for hiring the best talent for your role.

Preparation

Ensure that you invest time in planning your questions and techniques. The questions don’t have to be difficult, just carefully considered. Asking some behavioural based questions as well as questions regarding competency and experience can also provide an insight into your candidate’s problem solving skills.

Structure

Preparing an interview structure where time is often limited will help you ensure that all topics have been covered. A typical structure begins with a brief summary of the company, followed by a breakdown of the position. This is followed by a series of previously prepared questions and finally asking the candidate if they’d like to ask any questions of their own.

Review/research

Put a bit of time aside prior to the interview to review the candidates CV and make a note of any questions you would like to pose to them. This saves going over anything that may have already been addressed in the CV and also allows you to discuss any uncertainties you may have.

If you’re interview more than a couple of candidates, it may be helpful to make notes at the end of each interview. This will help you to clarify your initial opinions once the round of interviews is complete.

Stick to the questions

It’s easy to get side-tracked, especially if topics such as personal interests or hobbies come up in conversation. If this does happen for more than a few minutes, try to rein it back in to the topic of the interview. Although it’s always a benefit if you get well with the person you’re looking to hire, don’t be distracted by their personality over their capability to do the job in question.

Read & listen

Take note of the candidates body language – for some, job interviews can be incredibly nerve-wracking and fidgeting, talking rapidly and nervous laughter can be quite common. Awareness of your own body language is also a bonus, it may help to put your candidate at ease.

More importantly, listen to your candidate’s responses to your questions. Do they sound genuine? Overly rehearsed? Are they engaged in the conversation or are they disinterested?

Confirmation/following up

The interview is usually wrapped up by confirming the details for the next step of the interview process and when/if the candidate can be expected to hear about a decision. Ensure you make the date and the means of communication clear and make a note to try and stick to this date. It’s a professional courtesy that reflects well on both you and the company if you’re able to respond quickly and provide any necessary feedback.

Finding the perfect candidates can sometimes be challenging. By following our employer interview technique recommendations, this may help you to narrow the search and also create a great first impression for your hire. For more tips, head over to our website or pick up the phone to speak to your local consultant.