Interviewing doesn’t necessarily have to be an art…or a science, really. But, there are ways to conduct interviews more successfully. And ultimately, more effective interviews lead to better hires, and just as importantly – fewer bad hires.
Keep your interviews effective and efficient.
Improve your interviews and make better hires by ensuring you get the following information during your interviews:
- Previous compensation. Be sure to get a detailed history of your candidates’ compensation history. This will help your business prepare a competitive salary package, and can help you refrain from bringing in potential hires who are outside of your target salary range.
- Information about their career goals. All applicants should have an idea of their ultimate career goals. Understanding candidates’ ultimate goals will help you ask the right follow-up questions, and can also help you determine whether a candidate is a good cultural fit for your organization.
- Where else they may be interviewing. If you’ve identified your top candidate and are ready to make an offer, it’s a good idea to know ahead of time whether a candidate has been interviewing with another company. Imagine spending all that time interviewing and screening candidates, only to have the rug pulled out from under you when you discover your top candidate has already accepted a position somewhere else. Ask up front whether a candidate is interviewing elsewhere, and even if they are anticipating an offer (or two). It can save you in the long run.
- If it’s a good cultural fit. Let’s face it, a candidate could have the most pristine and stellar professional background imaginable, but if there isn’t a cultural fit, you can classify that hire as a bad one. Culture is an integral part of your business, and can factor heavily on a new hire’s chances of success. Take the time to learn about your candidates, and determine whether they would be a good fit for your office.
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Masiello Employment Services can help! We work with some of the most talented temporary and direct hire candidates across New Hampshire and Massachusetts.