How to Properly Interview to Hire the Right Person

You posted an opening for a job on your team, and now you’re ready to start the interview process. From their resumes, the candidates you’ll be meeting with look promising, so you’re not sure how you’ll narrow it down to just one person.

If you partner with a staffing agency in Las Vegas, your recruiter will assist you every step of the way, but if you’re going it alone, there are a few things you need to know. Most candidates arrive to a job interview ready to present their very best selves, so you have to scratch the surface to gauge their true fit.

Four Interview Tips to Hire the Right Person for the Job

Ask Behavioral Questions

Take a look at the list of questions you plan to ask candidates. If most involve a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’ response, cross them out and start over. You can’t determine a person’s fit for the job unless you ask behavioral interview question that highlight both their skills and personality.

For example, questions like ‘Tell me about a time you had to rush to meet a deadline’ or ‘Describe a time you had to work closely with a team member you didn’t get along with’ offer telling insights on how they would mesh with your team.

Make It a Group Effort

Employees are typically the ones who work closely with new hires, but many managers don’t include them in the interview process. This is a mistake for two reasons — watching the candidate interact with your staff is telling and different people pick up on different cues that indicate the person’s fit.

Ask employees who will be working directly with the new hire to join the interview after you’ve talked with the person for a while. For a more informal approach, consider making the group portion a lunch outing, because the candidate will feel more comfortable in a relaxed setting.

Watch for Red Flags

Job interviews make many people very nervous. Be cognizant of that, while being alert to warning signs that the person is all wrong for the job. A few to watch for include speaking poorly of a former employer, difficulty explaining their job-related skills, excessive bragging and arriving late or unprepared.

Pay Close Attention to Their Questions

Savvy candidates know at some point in the interview, you’ll turn the tables and let them ask questions. Those truly interested in the job will come prepared with thought-provoking questions — i.e., ‘What are the goals for the position during the new hire’s first 90 days — that show a genuine desire to learn as much as possible about the position. Anyone without questions or who focuses on issues like salary and vacation probably isn’t the best choice.

Stop Making Bad Hires

Choosing the right candidate is hard work, so stop trying to do it alone. PrideStaff Las Vegas is here to help you find the best person for every open position on your team. Contact us today to fill your talent roster with the temporary, temp-to-hire and direct hire professionals who will make your company even better!