The point of a job interview from an employer’s point of view is to determine what skills the interviewee has and if those skills match the needs and wants of the company. In other words, an interview with a potential employee can be compared to buying a product. When buying a product a consumer will figure out what that product can do for them and how it can contribute to their everyday wants and needs. The same Principle idea can be used when an employer is interviewing a potential employee. Assess what your company’s needs and wants are and how this person being interviewed can be a solution to the problem, wants, or needs of the company. Today, knowledge is widespread and many have become aware of the interviewing process. Therefore, frequently the interviewer becomes the one being interviewed. Veterans in the field can detect the switch however, and will maintain the interview on a professional level keeping it company and position focused. The key to successful candidate interviewing lies in being prepared, staying in control of the interview and keeping it in context. Remind yourself, your company is offering the job and the applicant considered must be right for the position.

Being prepared will provide you with poise and assurance, two ingredients necessary to complete a successful interview. Work with your company’s interviewing team prior to the interview to become comfortable with the type of candidate needed. If none exists, discuss developing a committee with your executive body. The team should be made up of five to eight persons and comprise:

• Supervisor for the department
• Product manager
• Co-worker
• Member of an allied group
• Other persons relevant to the department and the services to be performed.

Discuss the details of the job with the team and have a written job description based on their input. Candidate’s personality should be taken into consideration, does the job require a motivated self- starter or a team player? Is experience vital or will training be available for the right candidate?

To choose an appropriate environment for the interview, think about the overall nature of your company. An employer will want the environment of the interview to reflect the nature of their company. For example; if the job interview for an open position is for a law firm, then an interview within a meeting room might be an appropriate environment for that company. If the job opening interview is for a park ranger, then maybe an outdoor setting would be more appropriate for an interview. The environment can  also affect the interviewee’s comfort, expectations, and view of a company. These things can contribute to the way they answer their interview questions and conduct themselves during the interview.

Decide on an appropriate dress code and cleanliness look when the interviewee arrives. The potential employee could someday represent the company. Therefor the way they appear in the interview will reflect on what they think of your company. If your company dress is business entire such as suites, tie, dress shoes, than the interviewee should come in dressed as if they are ready to work for you that day. Your own appearance is also very important as the candidate will form an opinion of you based on style of dress and body language. They will detect if you are inexperienced and uncertain and use it to their advantage. Wear appropriate clothing to reflect your company’s ideals and standards. Professional attire is always best and looking crisp and neat will boost your confidence.

Finally, if the candidate has already submitted a resume, analyze it thoroughly to ensure the requirements are met before setting the interview. This will also help you to prepare questions you might want to ask during the interview.


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