6 Tips For Interviewing and Hiring Candidates

Updated: Oct 21, 2021

To hire the most qualified candidates, human resource professionals and hiring managers must conduct interviews effectively.

Check this article that provides an overview on how to perform the interview and hiring process successfully.

1. Make your applicants feel comfortable

This is the best way to start an interview. Put your applicants at ease with friendly conversation. Asking them how’s their day or a simple how are you could do the trick.

2. Ask questions based on your resume and make sure to stick to it

Questions should be based on what you have uncovered in your research about the applicant. Ask them to elaborate on specific points according to their resume, past work experiences and social profiles.

3. Have an interview guide ready

Having an agenda ensures that you use the interview time wisely. A guide for the flow of your interview such as introduction, questioning, overview of the company and wrap up would have a smooth transition as you progress through the interview process.

4. Use STAR method in questioning

STAR stands for Situation, Task, Action and Results. This method is a good way to assess the capabilities of the person based on their past experiences and how they handled challenges and successes in relation to their responsibilities.

5. Documentation

Consider also taking down notes on the applicant’s responses to your questions. By documenting, you can easily place the candidate in the applicant tracking system for easy access and sharing for the hiring team.

6. Be mindful of the time

Interview time contributes to the cost of hiring. While most of the time it’s easy to get carried away with recruitment interviews, the recommended length for an interview is between 30 to 60 minutes long.

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