No, we don’t mean the candidate but the interviewer. Sometimes, interviews are carried out by people unqualified to do the job. It is often seen as a right for any person growing in a company, or within a certain position, to conduct interviews. However, this is fundamentally the wrong approach.
Interviewing is a skill and not one that can be undertaken by following a script, even if there is an opportunity to deviate from it.
An interviewer should be looking at many aspects throughout the interview, including future potential, body language and personality. They also must remember that this is a two way street and good future employees can be exceptionally valuable to a company. Any candidate should come out of an interview with a far better view of the company than when they entered.
Before the interview process begins, any company should decide carefully on their strategy and most importantly who will be conducting the interviews. How many interviews should take place? How will you evaluate the candidates? If and when are HR involved? There is a lot to consider…
Perhaps, though it is easiest to start at the beginning with the initial interview or call. This is often seen as screening or an initial chat, which in itself seems reasonable but can also miss the point if the interviewer is not experienced enough. They need to be able to quickly pick out the signs of who would be the best fit for your company and move the conversation onto the next process. They also need to ensure a certain level of engagement in the initial stage otherwise any good candidate will soon lose interest.
If you are using a good recruitment agency, this should help as they will already find relevant candidates and also represent your business correctly to enhance candidate engagement. However, don’t take this as read and it is important to ensure this is the case, otherwise candidates may become disengaged in the same way and slip through the net.
Who undertakes the interview in your company and how is this process decided?
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