When it comes time to make a new hire for your small business, you want to be sure you find someone that is perfect for your green company and its mission.
Perhaps the most important element of the hiring process is the in-person interview. And believe it or not, a lot of the weight of a successful interview actually falls on the shoulders of you, the interviewer. Asking the right questions can make help a candidate be more at ease and give their best responses.
Here are a couple tactics you can use to help ensure your candidate puts their best foot forward in an interview.
Make sure your interview questions flow together
Having a set of questions you want to ask is a great strategy, but have you considered the order in which you ask them? Does the order of your questions make any sense at all?
When your questions flow together naturally, it will help your candidate feel more like they are having a real conversation with someone rather than a stiff job interview. You want them to feel like a peer and that you have a genuine interest in getting to know them, rather than just their qualifications or how the overcame X challenge.
Asking questions in a well-thought-out order will also help your candidate remember everything they wanted to present to you. Remember, you’re not the only one involved that has a list!
Ask different types of questions
This goes along with the order of your questions, but make sure you mix things up! Don’t just google “interview questions” and use whatever you find. And don’t dive right into your more serious questions. Warm your interviewee up with some “get to know you” questions and build rapport before you dig into the tough stuff.
Your green job candidate should have rehearsed certain responses, but you want to be sure they can think on their toes as well. This allows your candidate to prove that they know what they’re talking about and aren’t just a set of planned responses. You can then find out if they are creative and can handle challenging situations. It all starts with you putting them at ease to start!
When you’re ready to kick-start the green hiring process, make sure you post your job on CareerBuilder to find the best candidates and good luck in your search!