There is one vital component that makes any successful company work. More important than the product. More vital than good marketing. And that is a good staff.

Your employees are the backbone of your company. Despite automation seeking to take jobs away from people, there will always be a need for human interaction in any profession. This is why it is important to make sure the staff working for you are on the ball and the right fit for the job offered.

Today we want to walk through all the things you need to know and do to conduct a thorough business interview. There is nothing scarier than attending an interview for a new job. But it can also be quite daunting having to interview people. Having to decide between them on who is the right fit for the job. And then the difficult task of telling the failed applicants the didn’t secure the job.

Preparation

The first step of the interview process starts long before you ever put out the job advertisement. You need to know exactly what the position entails and the type of person you want to be hiring. This means more than just knowing what qualifications they need and what skills. You need to know what type of person you want to be working for you. What energy and dynamic do you want them to bring. This is especially important if they are going to be integrating into a larger workforce.

After that, you need to put together all the information about the job. Pay rate and benefits. Working hours and the contract. You need to anticipate any questions the interviewee is going to ask and have an answer ready. Remember an interview is also a chance for potential staff to see if they even want to work for you.

After that you can put together the interview you will be conducting.

The Interview

First things first you need to know what questions you are going to ask. You can often find some basic starter questions floating around online. Stuff like going through their CV and making sure they know what they have on it. You’d be surprised how many people don’t know what they have on their CV.

You could then use this or that questions to get to know someone and see if they are a good fit for the work environment. Do they have a good sense of humor? Are they quick on their feet? Questions games are a great way to determine this.

You also want to run them through some hypothetical questions relating to the job positions. Some ‘What If’ scenarios are a fantastic tool to really get a sense of what type of worker they are and if they are right for the position.

Going In-depth

If you have done this right you will have had your interviewee’s CV ahead of time. To make sure you are carrying out a really thorough interview it is wise to do some digging into their references. References are the best way to validate if someone is telling the truth and is a good fit for your company. Don’t be afraid to ask them some really tough questions.

You also can do some internet digging on their educational background and previous places of employment. Read reviews and check school ratings. See if the places they are coming from are good enough.

During the interview make sure you grill your potential new staff. Keep things light, but serious. Ask them about their social habits as well. Do they drink? If so how often? Are they a smoker? This is important as smokers tend to take more breaks during a workday than non-smokers.

Another thing you should do is examine a person’s social media accounts. See what sort of things they are posting and what they get up to. Your staff is the face of your business. If they are debasing themselves online that can reflect very poorly on your companies reputation.

 

Remember. The interview process is vitally important to the success of your company. So don’t rush it. Take the time to make sure your new staff member is who you need.