Interview Tips for Managers New to the Hiring Process

interview tips

New to conducting interviews? Preparation is key to ensuring that your conversation is meaningful and productive. Don’t stress the process, however.  Here are some measures you can take to alleviate anxiety and focus on your potential new hire.

Prepare a list of questions in advance

You know the qualities you’re looking for in a candidate and you may think questions will fly off your tongue. While this isn’t impossible, those new to interviewing someone will probably find themselves freezing up when face-to-face with their potential employee. Do your research in advance. If questions are escaping you during preparation, search Google.There are lots of great resources to help ensure you don’t just have questions to ask but are asking the right questions. (Some revealing, non-cliché questions here).  

Fully understand the job you are seeking to fill.

Rick Gonzales, General Manager at TruPath says, “It may sound obvious, but an interviewer that just goes in with a list of questions without actually understanding the role they are looking to fill can easily get thrown off their fame with a curveball question coming from the candidate. Also if possible, bring a buddy! Have someone with experience conducting interviews sit in as well. They can be there as a safety net in case the conversation starts getting off track.”

Familiarize yourself with the candidate’s resume

This person has made it to the interview stage, so you likely already know a bit about their background. But perhaps they were prescreened by a colleague, or you really just glanced at the background initially but were blown away by their cover letter. Whatever the case may be, be sure to be able to speak to where they’re coming from.  This will ease interview nerves because you’ll avoid darting your eyes all over the page for details while trying to maintain a meaningful discussion.  

Take Notes

You may have a mind like a sponge, but bring something to take notes with anyway. Key points may come up during the interview process that you’d like to revisit either in that same meeting or later on. Don’t just assume you will remember. Write down anything of value that comes up. You can even take it a step further and jot down key points that come up for each question.

Don’t be afraid to deviate from the script

This should turn into an organic conversation. Having prepared questions and talking points is important, but don’t feel married to that. If a follow-up question pops into your head, go with that. It may lead the conversation in a different direction, but you will be able to better learn about the candidate as answers reveal themselves. If the discussion is not as fluid, don’t sweat it. You’re still armored with pre-packaged inquiries.

Dress with respect

The spotlight is on the interviewee to dress appropriately for this meeting, but that doesn’t mean you should take a relaxed approach to the same. If your office is quite casual, by no means wear a suit. Just make sure that you take into account the image you are projecting of yourself and the company (read: don’t be a shlubby). This shows the candidate that you respect their presence as well. After all, they are interviewing you too.

Hopefully These tips will prepare and help you represent your company in the best way possible.

And by the way… finding the best possible candidates is what we do 🙂