Job Interview Techniques

Part 2

This is part 2 of job interview techniques. If you missed the first part of interview techniques just visit part 1.


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...interview techniques continued.

The Interview

Once the interview team is assembled, it is incumbent on the lead person to insure each person has had some form of interview technique training. This could be as simple as doing mock interviews and explaining the difference between a good answer and a bad answer.

During the interview, there should be a focus on getting results and being expedient. A first round interview should not last longer that 45 minutes to an hour.

My preferred method is to look at the last 5-7 years of job history and work backward chronologically. As focused and targeted open ended questions that allow for the candidate to answer without a Y/N response.

It is also your job as the interviewer to put the candidate at ease and get them into the flow of the interview. This is where it is critical to have been trained with good job interview techniques. Without getting too personal, ask them about themselves and let them talk. Most people can talk about themselves much easier than any other subject in the world. It is an ice breaker and should get the ball rolling. For more on this and other interview techniques, learn about the process of screening employees. and how to get into the flow of an interview.

Documentation/Follow Up

It is imperative that you as in interviewer take notes. Be sure to let the candidate know that the notes are to refresh you about the nature of the interview to give them the best chance to have an accurate portrayal of their skills knowledge and experience.

It is also important part of the selection process and critical to be as accurate as possible.

The Wrap Up on Job Interview Techniques

Your last question in an interview is most likely asking the candidate if they have any questions for you. Answer these questions as honestly and succinctly as possible. Write down the questions the candidate asks. The thoughtfulness tells a lot about the preparation of the candidate as well as their understanding of the position.

Finally some candidates will ask for a business card. It is up to you as to whether you want to give them one. The risk is the occasional stalker candidate but most want just to send along a thank you note. If you don't want to give out your card, don't bring one to the interview...but I will tell you that you may be looking at your next colleague or your future boss so it may be a good idea to get off on the right foot! Return from Job Interview Techniques to Interview Techniques
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