How to Approach Each Interview for Maximum Efficiency

Somebody came more prepared than others...Quality interviews are crucial for the success of your company during the hiring process.

As you continue to hire new people, asking the right questions in an interview will help ensure you get a clear snapshot of who your candidates are right from the start. So, how do you know if you are asking the right questions to best identify if a candidate is a proper fit?

Taking the time to ask hard-hitting questions in each interview will increase the likelihood you’ll uncover any potential issues with a candidate early.

For example, how the candidate chooses to respond to questions that require an in-depth response will provide a better understanding of who they are, and therefore, make it easier to make the best decision in choosing your next employee.

Furthermore, this will also help save time and money by possibly uncovering any problems that would arise down the line.

A good strategy I like to use to help uncover information about candidates is what I like to call the “linking approach”.  The linking approach refers to the way the questions are posed to the candidate by having questions build off each other to form a grander story about the candidate’s previous experiences.

For example, to best use this method, the interviewer begins with a generalized and open question, such as identifying a specific item on the candidate’s resume and asking them to talk about it.

Depending on how the candidate chooses to respond to the initial open-ended question, this opens up a wonderful opportunity to ask more detail-oriented questions related to the one initially asked, such as:

How did you get into eye care?

What do you love about your career?

Would you recommend a friend or family member consider a career in eyes?

What goals do you have in making a career move to our practice?

Managers and Leaders-

Tell me about your best experience in eyes

  • What did you contribute to make that a success?
  • Were you happy with the result?
  • Were you solely responsible, or did you work with a team?
  • What were some challenges you ran into, and what did you do to overcome them?
  • How do you see yourself here in our practice?

Although each interview process ranges based on position, and level of experience, using the aforementioned method during an interview offers a conversational approach and challenges each candidate to be as specific as possible.

Furthermore, inviting a candidate to elaborate on examples of successful and difficult situations in their professional life will provide you, the employer, with valuable insight to their previous experience and illustrate how well they may perform in your current job opening.

While it can be tough to identify weaknesses in potential candidates, it is extremely important to differentiate a qualified candidate from just an average candidate.

The trick is asking the right questions and then reflecting on both the content and delivery of their answers.”

it is just as important for interviewers to listen for how each candidate approaches their response.

To do this, pay close attention to how the candidate responds to each question.

While someone may be appealing on paper, how they articulate themselves will truly differentiate them from the pack and confirm their qualification for the job. Using the linking approach to ask follow-up questions also forces the candidates to think of a response on the spot, which is another great quality to assess.

Incorporating the linking approach provides the interviewer creative liberty to take the conversation in any direction necessary while uncovering crucial points about a candidate. Interviews are the gateway to making quality hires, and hopefully by using this approach in your next interview, you will be better prepared to hire the best talent.

At imatters this is our strategic advantage in using our recruiting services. We ask those and more questions to understand the motivation, development goals and situational concerns for both the client and potential employee.

Contact us today to see the best potential candidates in your market.


Author: Cecilia Rae – Content Writer at iCIMS, Inc

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