Yesterday, we talked about ways to update your interview questions in order to get the best talent around and prevent bad hires.
Today, we wanted to expand on that by giving you a few dos and don’ts of interviewing. Some of these are common sense, some are thought about less often, and others are just good advice no matter who you’re hiring.
Either way, take a look below to find our collection of interview dos and don’ts:
Do get the candidate’s name right
This one might seem almost too obvious, but getting the candidate’s name right is very important. If you’re unsure of how to say their name, simply ask them. Most candidates are too afraid to correct the interviewer (you are, after all, deciding if they get the job), so show some modesty–it might even ease the tension a little.
Don’t mix up resumes
Another no-brainer, but equally important as well–make sure that you have the right resume. It reflects poorly on you when you come in with the wrong resume. And, no one really wants to hear you list off all of the great things Jon Smith accomplished in his last career that they haven’t.
Do read through the resume
Unfortunately, mistakes can happen, but the best way to prevent mix-ups is by studying each candidate carefully before interviewing them.
One way to study the candidate is by reading their resume–and you’d be surprised by how many interviewers don’t really take the time to do this in detail beforehand. This is one of the easiest ways to prepare yourself, because the candidate has already done a lot of the work for you. All you have to do is sift through their credentials and pick out what is most valuable to your company.
Don’t ask general questions
Vague questions, like “Tell me a little bit about yourself” are a waste of time–you should already know a little about the candidate from reading their resume.
General questions like the one above can also lead the discussion towards a grey area. If the candidate discloses too much personal information, you may end up in a “he-said, she said” dispute on employee discrimination. For more about illegal interview questions and their consequences, see our posts here and here.
Of course, we aren’t saying that you should be a frigid interviewer–you can be approachable, but make sure you keep things professional.
Do come prepared with questions
One way to avoid general questions is by coming prepared with a list of questions based on the position and what you already know about the candidate. From there, you can ad-lib as things come up in the interview, but everything will go much smoother if you are prepared.
Don’t forget to assess cultural fit
We mention this frequently, but you should make sure to assess cultural fit. It might not be your number one priority, but you should at least consider it during the interview process. As we’ve mentioned before, “cultural fit (i.e., teammates who get along with each other and can work well) is an important element of business success, and leaving it out could have negative consequences.”
These simple interview dos and don’ts may not mean everything in an interview, but they can certainly help guide you away from basic mistakes that interviewers often make while recruiting. And since doing that means a better hiring process, we certainly think that these basics are worth paying attention to.