We all know the anxiety of interviewing for a position, but few of us know what goes into the other side of the conversation or how to do it correctly. Here are 5 easy, and often forgotten, ways to give a better and more effective interview!
1. Be Familiar with the Position and What It Requires. To know whether or not you’re interviewing the right choice for your Phoenix office space, you have to know what set of skills will help a candidate excel in the position.
Prepare for the interview by gathering in-depth information about the position and the candidate’s skills. This is especially helpful when it comes time to answer the candidate’s questions about the position or company and how their previous experience fits the role.
2. Be Familiar with the Candidate and What They Have to Offer. The candidate has done you the courtesy of turning in a small history of themselves and their work experience. Don’t be afraid to use it! Thoroughly review their resume and cover letter to get a good idea of what questions will illicit the most useful responses to evaluate their potential in the position.
3. Stay Curious. This tip is two-fold! Be sure to not only make the candidate curious about what the position holds for them, but also maintain a high level of curiosity in your candidate. Ask for details about your candidate’s life, passions, and hobbies. Not only will this make them feel comfortable during the interview, but it allows you to gain a deeper understanding of who they are and what they can offer your company.
4. Don’t Talk About Yourself. According to Entrepreneur.com, the ratio of interviewee to interviewer talking time should be 80/20. While it’s important to discuss the information a candidate will need to know about the position and company, it is even more important to give the candidate the opportunity to explain their qualifications and prove him or herself ideal for the position in your Arizona office space.
5. Have a Conversation. A checklist of questions can be detrimental to having a conversational interview. A good conversation, and a good interview, requires you to listen flexibly and carefully.
This kind of listening involves paying attention to nonverbal communication such as pauses in speech, body language, or tone. Cangrade, a data science company, recommends limiting yourself to four to six questions in a 30-minute interview, and eight to 12 questions in a 1-hour interview.
Have any interview tips you want to share with us? Comment on our LinkedIn page! If you have any questions regarding your Phoenix office space please direct them to Camroad Properties. Check out our blog for more advice on anything your office may need!
WRITTEN BY: Portia Dempsey