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Key interview tips for interviewers

As interviewer, you have a challenging task in ensuring that you get the right people who will fits into company’s goals and objective. This therefore calls for critical decision to made during the interview. The following tips can help you get the right people for the job.

1. Start slow, safe and personal.

It is importance to begin your interviews by asking questions that focus on the personal history of the candidate, such as tell us about yourself, which university did you attend, what was your first job. This help the candidate to relax. Always start the conversation from a very safe ground.

2. Make some questions open ended.

Make sure your questions are open ended and are specific to the get answered with ease. Give the interviewees options to express him/her self in broader way possible. This will help you make fair judgement form the pool of candidates. Question like “what is your vision for your organization five years from today?” “what has been your greatest achievement?” can help you get what you want.

3. Ask what you don’t know.

It is very important to focus on questions you are well versed with. Avoid questions on topics you have no clue about. Make enough research on each question and try to avoid the situation where the candidate out reasons the hiring team.

4. Let the interviewees wander a bit–but be careful.

Try to control the flow of the interview by asking some hard and logical questions. Don’t make the candidate feel it is done deal by asking very easy questions but don’t be too hard. Change the topic were necessary and continue to allow the interview flow.

5.  Don’t send advance questions.       

Try making face to face interview rather than sending the questions through emails while expecting written answers in return. With his technique you may not be able to get candidate reactions, composure or any other behavior which may be critical for decision making

6. Be prepared. Find the overlooked.

Use available internet tools to research widely. Go to interview room only when you have enough data. Make sure you have your key questions on top of the list to avoid missing opportunities.

7. Listen, really listen.

Use candidate answers to develop new questions. Sometimes candidate drift of the topic and that can be used to interviewer’s advantage to try asking more questions regarding the candidate. It is important to pay key attention to what is not answered and make on-the-spot judgements on why that area was skipped or glossed. Try reflect whether the candidate found the topic hard, uninteresting, embarrassing or forgotten.

8. There are dumb questions.

Avoid repeating already answered questions. That will prove to the candidate that you were not attentive and did not listen carefully. Never try to repeat questions that interviewee could have answered online or in bio data. And remember above all, the interview is about the person you are talking to, not about you. It’s your job to reveal them, not to build them up or cut them down.

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