I’ve been running interviews recently on behalf of a client for senior level roles in their organisation and it occurs to me that preparation is the key to a successful interview, whether you’re an applicant or the interviewer.
I wanted to share with you my top tips for preparing for interviews.
Plus, my guide to interviewing, including suggested interview questions, is available for you to download here so that you can start 2015 with the right tools at your fingertips.
My 7 top tips for interview preparation are:
1. Think about the job you’re asking the recruit to do
What behaviours do you want to see?
2. Think about questions to test their skills
Could you give them a skill based problem and ask them how they would solve it?
3. Think about situations people might be in when displaying the behaviours you’re after
Could you ask them how they would deal with your most difficult customer or co-worker?
4. Think about how you might find out about who they are as a person
What are their drivers in life and work? Why do they think they are a great fit for the job?
5. Think about the questions you’re going to ask
Use ‘open’ questions – these tend to start with what, why, when, where and how. Use the STAR model to structure your questions (Situation, Task, Action, Results).
6. Think about what you are looking for in the answers
What would a good answer look like? What would a bad answer look like?
7. Think about how you could help the candidate be their best
The small details count e.g. a map to the venue, timings, how to prepare, what type of things you’ll want to know about, what to bring.
A gift for you
Want more details on how to run successful interviews? Interviews that enable you to make the right hiring decision, save time and expense? Of course you do.
So here’s my Christmas gift to you – my 5 step guide to the perfect interview – free and yours to keep. It contains all you need to prepare for and run a great interview including sample interview questions, scoring guide, how to make your decision and how to give feedback.
Here’s to a 2015 full of great hires!