Last time I talked about Tackling Resumes and some tips for getting a ‘shortlist’. This time I want to talk about preparation for interviews.
Preparation for effective interviews is crucial to an effective result. Here’s my top three tips for Interview Preparation:
Compile a list of questions to ask each applicant – this ensures that you can compare each applicant easily (Trust me, you wont remember after a few interviews in a row or if there is some time between them)
Write out the questions on a sheet of paper with room for your answers and print several copies – give a copy to each interviewer
Compare answers with the other interviewers using these sheets
Next time we’ll talk about what types of questions to ask.
Recruiting is an integral part of creating successful work teams or a successful business. In my years as a HR Manager and as a Consultant I have recruited for my own teams and on behalf of my clients.
The real delving into the minds and work ethic of applicants is during the interview but first of all there are often many resumes to wade through.
The most important first step is to ensure that you have a clear and defined position description including accountable expectations of the role.
Here’s what I do when faced with a stack (often a large stack) of resumes:
Set aside uninterrupted time to read through all the resumes this initial time – These applicants have taken time to apply for your position and as such it is appropriate to acknowledge that effort by reading them through
Make a pile of those applicants that do not meet the requirements of the role; set aside
Mark any outstanding applicants for interview – If this group is large, begin to shortlist from this group
If not enough outstanding applicants; shortlist from both groups
Decide on the amount of interviews you are prepared to do