Get the Most Out of Interviewing Job Candidates

Your business is growing, and you need more workers. That’s great news, but you must keep in mind that you’ll need to hire the right type of employees to ensure success, a feat that can sometimes be tricky. You’re looking for someone who doesn’t just impress during their interview, but who will do well in your workplace on a regular basis.

The person you see across the desk from you might not be the same person who shows up on that first day on the job. It’s your responsibility to uncover the real candidate. Focus your efforts on finding out everything you need to know to make the right decision.

Here are some suggestions to help you go beyond the well-written cover letter and perfectly structured resume to make certain you’re hiring the best employee.

Know What You Want

There is an old song that applies to hiring: “You Can’t Get What You Want (Till You Know What You Want).” So the first step is to be able to articulate what the job entails and what a typical day will look like. You might want to take the time to talk to others who are closely associated with the job and department to help you define the role. Once you know what you’re looking for, it will be easier to find.

Research the Candidate

Your candidates are probably researching you and your company to prepare for an interview. Why shouldn’t you gather some intelligence on them? Look at their social media accounts to get some clues about the person behind the interview façade.

Find out what you can: what kind of hobbies they enjoy, what they like to read, and even if they have received any professional recommendations. Of course, you may find things that cast a negative light on them, but that shouldn't be your primary reason for doing the research.

Look for a Good Fit

Yes, job skills are important, but if your candidate doesn’t fit into your company’s culture, you’ll have an unhappy worker with low productivity. By asking questions that encourage candidates to talk about the kind of environment in which they feel comfortable and those in which they don’t, you can get a good idea about whether a candidate will thrive in your workplace.

Be Quiet and Listen

Sometimes in your enthusiasm to share all the good things about your organization, you forget to stop talking and start listening. When your candidate is talking, you have the opportunity to observe and assess. In these moments you can learn things to help you make an informed decision.

We can help you find the right workers for your growing business!

Contact us today! We are United Personnel, and we have been providing staffing solutions to Western Massachusetts and beyond for over 30 years. Using our experience and expertise, we can help you get a strong team on board. Let’s get started!