Hiring can become redundant. You follow the same process, ask the same questions, and go through the same interview process each time you need to fill a position. However, this can also lead to mistakes and complacency. After all, hiring has become just another aspect of your job, and it’s probably something that you don’t get excited about.
Your approach to hiring can have a big impact on your ability to attract and hire the right finance candidates for your organization. And we all know the cost and impact of a poor hire.
To help you break out of your hiring malaise, we’ve put together a hiring agenda to ensure you are not only being diligent with your hiring practices but you also make a good impression on the candidates you interview. Don’t forget, candidates are assessing your company as much as you are assessing them, and if you want to attract the best talent, you need to impress them.
Use This Hiring Agenda to Interview Effectively
- Book reasonable interview times: You shouldn’t expect a candidate to be available the next day for an interview when you call, especially if they are currently employed. Provide flexibility, and give them some time between your request and the actual interview.
- Dress the part: Even if you work in a casual environment, you need to dress the part and look professional. Remember, you are trying to make an impression on the candidate as much as they are trying to make an impression on you.
- Don’t be late: No one likes people who are late, including candidates. You expect candidates to be on time, so don’t leave them waiting. If you schedule an interview for 1 pm, interview them at 1 pm. Respect the candidate’s time.
- Take the interview seriously: The candidate will be serious about the interview since this could be the career opportunity they’ve been waiting for. If you do interviews all the time, it can be easy to become complacent. Show excitement and interest or you could lose the candidate because of your demeanor.
- Take good notes: Taking notes is an important part of your role as an interviewer. Notes will help you compare candidates and make educated decisions.
- Follow through with all hiring steps: One area where most companies fall short, and an area that is stressful and frustrating for candidates, is the follow-up. Always follow up with candidates in a reasonable timeframe, and be prepared to provide feedback if requested.
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