A quick search of the internet will reveal a million articles on how candidates can ace a job interview, but when it comes to actually conducting an interview, there’s very little information out there on how HR reps can hit it out of the park.
However, Andrew Chamberlain, Chief Economist at employer ranking website, Glassdoor, has given three tips to help employers improve their own interview skills.
Sometimes it’s uncomfortable to ask a tough question (especially if you expect it to stump a job candidate), but an interview that asks interviewees to solve a business problem or includes a coding test or writing exam (where applicable, obviously!) can “actually get at the heart of the skills the candidate needs to perform the job,” he notes. Chamberlain advises against brainteasers and other non-related questions as he notes that they will not help you screen for the right candidate (and can actually turn interviewees off from the company).
Go in with a plan:
“If you’re looking to up your interview game and attract better candidates, meet with your recruiters and team members before the interview rounds begin to get everyone on the same page and strategize the best questions to ask, Chamberlain recommends. If it’s a series of interviews, review the questions each person plans to ask so that different questions are being asked by each interviewer and then hold a debriefing shortly after the interview so everyone can share their thoughts on the candidate.
Sure, you want to get a handle on the candidates previous experience and technical skills, but you should also ask behavioral questions that will help you best determine whether the candidate will be a good cultural fit for your company. Chamberlain recommends asking the following five questions of each candidate:
1. Tell me about a time you had a conflict with someone within the organisation?
2. Tell me about a time you worked on a challenging team project?
3. Do you prefer to work alone or with others?
4. Tell me about a time you took a leadership role?
5. What’s the most difficult problem you had to solve?
Do you already follow these tips when you interview candidates? Any we should add to the list? Let us know in the comments below!