Interview Tips for Employers & Hiring Staff

  • Carefully select the individual responsible for filtering resumes
  • Carefully select the individual(s) responsible for screening phone calls
  • When in need of employees yet struggling with finances, be sure to stress the importance of filtering candidates as to not waste valuable time or money
  • When utilizing an automatic resume screening process, carefully choose the keywords when programming the system
  • When screening resumes, keep the filtering process as broad as possible at the beginning
  • Always follow through with phone calls to candidates, whether you are hiring them or not
  • Formulate a basic plan of action before the entire hiring process takes places
  • Maintain communication with candidates as best as possible—even when things become chaotic it is important to keep potential hires informed and up to speed with the process
  • Be explicit with candidates on which forms of communication are most efficient, i.e. email, phone calls, etc.
  • Always treat every candidate respectfully when conducting interviews, even if you decide against them early on
  • Be upfront with candidates if the interview process will be time consuming, lengthy, etc.
  • Try not to just wing the interview—familiarize yourself with the candidate beforehand as best you can
  • Be sure to allow the candidates to describe themselves—ask questions that allow them to reveal their true selves in some way
  • Explicitly explain what the job entails and what kind of candidate you are looking for
  • Don’t waste time checking candidate references unless you are fairly certain the candidate is to be chosen for employment
  • Let candidates know as early in the process as possible if you are not interested—try to let people know what their status is rather than keep them anxiously awaiting feedback
  • Provide constructive feedback to candidates who were not chosen IF they inquire
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