Tips for Preparing for an Interview when You're the Boss
Almost all tips for interviewing are written to help the person being interviewed do well. What if you're the boss and the one conducting the interview? These tips are for you:
1. Start with the job description. Use it in two ways:
2. To ensure fairness and consistency, make up a standard list of questions
that you ask each person you interview. The purpose of the questions is to gain
insight into the candidate's values, character, initiative and working style.
Some sample questions are:
3. Listen 80% and talk 20% of the time during the interview. It is uncomfortable
to be silent, but that opens the door for the applicant to talk and that it
is how you will learn the most about the person.
4. Ask the applicant about skills that may not normally be part of the job, but that you need and would be willing to give them a chance to use, such as website development, dog training, special project management, or anything else that you need for the practice. Think of this as a "bonus question" that could be used later as a tie-breaker if you end up with two or more good candidates to hire.
5. Give each candidate a numerical score from 1 - 5 for different categories
Obviously, this is a candidate with light experience and training for this position, but that fits well in every other way. He/she might be the ideal candidate for a practice that is willing to train someone how to do the job, but not for a practice that requires a seasoned professional.
Interviewing job candidates is as difficult for the person conducting the interview as it is for the person being interviewed. I hope these tips will help make the process a little easier and help you identify the best candidates for your practice.