We are now working in a very candidate driven market – so it is essential to hold great interviews to allow you the choice of the best candidates.
It is essential that you are prepared before meeting the interviewees – to give them the very best impression of you, your company and to ensure they leave without reservation that you are the best employer for them.
Organise your interview room and ensure it’s clean, tidy and booked. Advise reception of who you are interviewing and when to expect them – first impressions count. You should allow time between interviews to write up notes and take a refresher before the next, this helps with clear thinking. Consider your own personal presentation and ask yourself 'would I want to work for me?'.
Always review the applicants CV/Application before the candidate arrives and highlight any question areas. Prepare relevant questions.
Helps give the right impression, ensure you have good posture, sit straight and comfortable. Give a strong hand shake, and be positive, give good, clear eye contact. Facial expressions should be warm and friendly (even if you are having a bad day!), ensure that body movements are controlled, no fidgeting or looking bored!
When preparing for an interview use a mixture of the following:
Following a run of questions on one area of experience.
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Competencies are NOT tasks of the job, they can be deep seated qualities (motivations, traits) and can be measured. Once you’ve identified the competencies required for the role then develop questions in the STAR format.
You'll be making the decision on whom to offer your role to – you need to concentrate. Demonstrate that you are listening, so lean forward, nod, good eye contact. Seek clarification if you are not sure of what the candidate is saying. Concentrate on what the candidate is saying rather than thinking about your next question, don't jump in and talk over.
At the end of the interview, ask whether they have any questions, this shows they have prepared and you can assess their level of interest. Be prepared to answer standard questions and ensure that you can confidently talk about your Company.
Thank the candidate for their time and for attending the interview, and then explain the timescales for decisions / second interviews (if relevant).
Ideally you want every candidate to walk out of the interview wanting to work for the company and you! Take notes on the interview and the candidate for feedback and to help with the decision making process. Don't underestimate the time and effort that needs to go into the interview process to get it right.
We are consultative in our approach to the whole recruitment process and would be happy to discuss and advise in more detail, as this only gives a brief overview. We hold events where we cover more in-depth information on Interviewing – please call Juliette or Jackie now to find out more about how we can help you find the right candidates without all the hassle.
Just a note to say thank you, thank you, thank you! Lisa (our candidate) is fantastic and a great asset to the business already and in the nicest possible way it feels like she has always been here!
I am delighted to recommend Juliette. Yes, the standard of professionalism, dedication and focus on providing the right solution is strong across the patch but what sets Juliette apart is without doubt is that she REALLY cares. This is not the normally high level of caring that you see from the top recruiters, it is another level up. This is care for the client (adapting the recruitment process to make sure that it fits their needs) and for the candidate (really making sure that the fit is right and genuinely wanting them to succeed). You get the impression that fees don't matter - it is all about delivering the perfect match, but that is exactly why Juliette's approach works so well. By concentrating on delivering a fantastic solution for both clients (recruiter and candidate) the fees take care of themselves. If you want a real personal touch from someone who will really work with you and go the extra mile for you, then you should certainly get in touch with Pip Consultancy.
Pip Consultancy always takes the time to understand my exact requirements in order to provide the best candidates. They have placed several candidates with us and I would not hesitate to contact them for all my future recruitment needs.