Interview questions to ask candidates
When interviewing potential employees for your business, it’s common to feel a lot of pressure to get it spot on. And for good reason – hiring the wrong person could disrupt the team, send productivity into a nosedive and even lose your organisation money.
But fear not, Heat are here to help you refine and perfect your interviewing process. We’ve put together what we think are the must-ask interview questions for potential employees, so that you can find the perfect match for your business.
1. Prepare some questions beforehand. An interview is a fluid process, and you’ll find yourself following up on the candidate’s points and letting the conversation take a natural journey. But it’s a good idea to have your main questions written down so you don’t forget to ask anything important.
2. Look over the job description and the candidate’s CV. This will refresh your memory on the candidate’s skills and experience, and on what is required for the role.
3. Don’t launch right in. Although it might be tempting to go in with the ‘Tell me about yourself’ question, spend a few minutes at the beginning with small talk to give the candidate time to relax.
4. Pay attention. Remember, the person you’re interviewing is likely to be very nervous. So even if it’s the end of a long day of interviews for you, be sure to listen carefully to what they say and show that you’re interested so that they feel confident enough to be themselves.
5. Be clear about next steps. Let the candidate know about what the next stage will be – whether another interview or a decision – and give them a time frame in which they’ll hear back from you. Make sure to check their contact details with them before they leave.