No matter, if you’re looking to fill full-time, part-time or casual jobs Melbourne businesses of all kinds, should understand the importance of a job interview. It’s a time where organisations can understand a candidate’s existing skill, experience and personality, while also presenting the best version of the business.
But conducting an interview is no easy feat. Good execution requires detailed preparation, which in turn can result in a great new staff member at the business.
So how can you conduct an effective interview to ensure you’re using your time wisely? This blog will cover some of the key things you can do so you’re right and ready to go for your next interview.
Before sitting down with your interviewee, either in person or online, it’s important that you’ve got your questions prepared in advance. But preparing your questions goes well beyond writing them out.
Determine what you want out of the candidate you’re interviewing. You can use the job listing as a starting point, and refine what qualities and skills are required to fill the position advertised.
Posing situations to the candidate is a great way to identify the interviewee’s strengths and weaknesses, while also seeing if their response demonstrates the required expertise for the role. As an example, you can explain a problem that you or your team have faced previously, and ask the candidate how they’ll solve that problem.
Job interviews are already a stressful prospect because of the unknowns that the candidate might be thinking about. And when your candidate’s are stressed, it can cause them to perform poorly during the interview, which isn’t ideal for both parties involved.
To minimise any stress the candidate might feel, you should send them a list of topics that you want to cover in the interview. This allows the candidate to be well-prepared in advance so there’s a lower chance of them stumbling through their answers. You should also be willing to meet the interviewee at a time and place that fits into their schedule, even if it means conducting the meeting online via Zoom or Teams.
Another way you can reduce the stressful nature of interviews is to involve as few people as possible. This can create a more comfortable and less overwhelming environment for the candidate. Opt for a maximum of three people plus the candidate in the interview.
If you think that the candidate is the one, then you should try and sweeten the deal by selling the position. You can explain why you think the candidate will be a good fit for the role and your company, as this can help validate the candidate’s feelings towards their initial application.
A great way to sell the position and your business is to give the candidate a tour of your office, or offer to introduce them to the team they might be working with in the future.
Here at Woods & Co, we pride ourselves on supporting employers throughout all aspects of the hiring process. From recruiting the candidates to setting up interviews, we’ve got all of your hiring needs covered.
If you want to learn more about how we can help your business, get in touch with our team today.