The hiring process can be daunting for anyone, let alone someone who is completely new to it. Below we have listed what you should be doing in an interview if you want to ensure you make the best possible hire.

Perhaps you’re a small business owner looking to grow your company or maybe you’re a newly appointed manager who is now responsible for recruiting a new team member.

The hiring process can be daunting for anyone, let alone someone who is completely new to it. Below we have listed what you should be doing in an interview if you want to ensure you make the best possible hire.

Prepare

As with anything, preparation is key. For every interview you do, make sure you’re familiar with the candidate’s CV, you’ve written out a list of questions you’re going to ask and double check that you’ve booked an interview room.

Put a schedule in place for when you plan to carry out the first and second round of interviews, when you need to make a final decision by, when you want the candidate to start and who’s going to be involved in the process.

Getting all of this straight before you start interviewing ensures the recruitment process won’t drag out for months and that everybody who will be involved will know what to expect and when.

Be open-minded

One of the biggest mistakes hiring managers make is being set in their ways about what they want from a candidate. If you’re stuck on a particular skill for example, you could be missing out on a great hire. Remember, skills can be taught but finding someone who’s the right cultural fit for your company is much harder to come by.

Make sure you’re clear about what your absolute must-haves are and what would just be nice to have. Some skills you may be able to teach whereas others might not be realistic for the level of pay you’re offering. Being clear about this will really help to extend your talent pool and give yourself more options.

Choose your questions wisely

You don’t want to interrogate candidates for hours on end so spend some time coming up with the best questions which will help you determine who is right for the role. In the last few years there has been an increase in the number of companies asking more off the wall questions like ‘if you could be an animal, what would you be?’ This may help to lighten the mood but is it really going to give you the information you need to make the best decision?

Try to relate your questions to the job spec as much as you can. Say for example you’re recruiting for an IT manager. Naturally you want to know how much experience they have managing a team and which systems they’ve worked with.

Get a second opinion

Even those who have been involved in the recruitment process for years still struggle to make a decision about who to hire from time to time. Some extra reassurance can go a long way, especially if you’re struggling between two really great candidates. Psychometric testing can help you to further assess a person’s suitability for the role or ask a colleague for a second opinion as this will take the pressure off you as the sole decision-maker.

If you would like help with your recruitment process, please feel free to contact Alpha and we will be more than happy to help.