Because the majority of candidates are currently employed, we’ve found that it is best to keep the interviews as concise and thorough as possible. Typically a preliminary phone screen, followed by an on-site meeting where the candidate will spend anywhere from two to four hours seem to be the most successful. Depending on your company style, the on-site interview can be a series of one-on-one meetings or a group interview. Either way, be sure everyone the candidate needs to meet is available.
Ask yourself “why are we hiring this person, and what qualifications are necessary for the role?” Seems simple enough, however, the more organized the whole team is, the better impression you’ll make on the candidate, and the better hire you’ll make. First off, meet with those members who will be part of the interview team. Determine what this person will be doing on a daily/weekly basis, and structure your questions around the job responsibilities, as well as, the company environment. Be sure that the interviewers can take time out of their usual schedules to participate in the interview.
It is important to ask a mix of technical and soft-skill questions. Decide what questions each interviewer will ask to be sure that questions aren’t duplicated. Have each interviewer take notes during the interview, in order to give accurate feedback to the team. Asking the same questions of every candidate will also help in comparing candidates to each other. Some important issues to consider are “how will this person fit in with our current culture/dynamic?”
Remember that the candidates are evaluating you and the company as well. Be honest in your representation of your company and the responsibilities of the position. Be prepared to answer the candidate’s questions as well, including information on benefits. If need be, include someone from Human Resources on the interview team. As soon as possible after the interview, have a meeting to discuss the feedback from each team member. If it is decided that the candidate is a good all around fit for your needs, don’t wait! Keep the momentum going by putting together an offer letter and getting references checked. Know that if you think someone is a good hire, another hiring Manager is thinking the same thing.
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Redfish Technology specializes in locating talent in the High Tech and Green Energy sectors. Recruiting since 1996, the company offers nationwide coverage and offices in Silicon Valley, the East Coast, and the Intermountain West.