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Wednesday, December 12th, 2018

How can I get the most out of a candidate’s first interview?
It can be extremely frustrating when you finish an interview with a potential employee but
feel as though you still know very little about them. Perhaps it’s time to reevaluate your
interview technique? With just a few simple adjustments you can transform the job interview
process and get the most out of a candidate’s first interview. Read on to discover how!

Read ahead!
We know when you’re running a business and recruiting, your time is limited. It can be
tempting to assume the potential employee is the one that needs to prepare and you can sit
back and relax. But if you really want to get the most out of a candidate’s first interview, you
need to read their CV and application thoroughly, you could even check their LinkedIn or
look up the current company they work for. This will help you to ask detailed questions about
their particular skills and experiences.

Prepare for interview nerves
Unfortunately, nerves get to the very best of us, this isn’t necessarily a reflection on the
candidate or their abilities. We advise our clients to operate with some empathy when they’re
conducting interviews. It’s a good idea to attempt to humanise the interaction to take some of
the fear out of it. Starting off with simple conversational questions about their journey over,
for example, will go some way to creating a more relaxed atmosphere.

Keep the role in mind
When you’re interviewing someone who is very confident and charismatic it can be easy to
forget that you’re hiring for a specific role. Does the candidate have the required skillset for
that role or are they simply a very good interviewee?

Don’t do all the talking
While you’ll want to share some details about your organisation and the requirements of the
role, it’s important that you give the candidate plenty of time to talk about themselves. You’ll
be limited on how much you learn about the candidate if you do most of the talking. Even if it
means leaving a few awkward silences, giving the interviewee plenty of time to answer and
asking some open-ended questions will allow them to give fuller, more detailed answers and
help you get a much better sense of who they are.
If you want to get the most out of your recruitment process, get in touch with Nicholas
Howard today! We firmly believe your recruitment partner should add value to your process.
Rather than wasting your valuable time selling concepts and promises, we’ll meet with you to
review the market, advise on the availability, cost and location of talent, and then set about
bringing that talent into your business.

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