<< 10 Interviewing Tips (Part II) <<


6. Try to get a picture of the past
You can’t use the past to predict the future, but you can use it to get an idea of what the future might possibly look like. And given that every hiring decision is an important one to get right, try to get an idea of what the past looks like for each applicant that you interview.

Of course, you will try to find out what type of experience they have and what jobs they have held in the past. But go one step further to understand why they move from one job to another as you go through the past.

The reasons they left each position will provide very valuable clues as to what type of person they are. You are not only looking for any conflicts or disciplinary issues, but is there also an issue of the getting bored easily, always looking for the something better.

7. Give the interviewee the control of the interview at the end
This is one of the interviewing tips that you probably already do and you might not realize it. But you probably ask them if they have any questions for you and this is a time where you are passing control over to them and they can begin to interview you.

If they are sharp, they will use this time wisely and take you down a line of questioning and try to close you. What you should do is pay attention to how they handle this situation as it can say a lot in terms of how they operate.

If they ask a lot of questions, that can be clues that they are possibly prepared, thorough, and interested in the position. If they only ask a couple or say they do not have any questions, you might want to question them in those same areas.

8. Gather all of the available data points
Try to use these interviewing tips to gather data points. There are many available and the more you become aware of, the more information you will have to base your decision on when deciding which applicant to hire.

Try to notice how punctual they were, what their appearance was, what type of body language they had during the interview. Did they seem organized? Were they prepared? Try to gather all of the small clues.

9. Identify how you fit with them
It can be easy to spend the majority of the interview trying to determine if the applicant is the right person for you. But what is just as important is for you to identify if you are the right job for the applicant.

It actually is the applicant’s job to figure this out but they might not do a good job of figuring this out. If you skip this step, you could end up hiring someone and they take the job because they need a job but it is not the right fit. This can result in them leaving prematurely for one reason or another.

10. Factor in what happens before and after the interview
When you are adding up all of these interviewing tips, try to be sure to factor in what happens before and after the interview. Think about how the applicant got the interview in the first place. Did they hustle to get in or was it easy? The hustle and effort is an extra point or two.

Then try to watch what they do after the interview. Do they follow up with any type of thank you email? It does not disqualify them if they don’t, but is certainly something to notice and track if they do.


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