During the process of an interview, it is always required for the interviewee to make sure all boxes are checked towards preparation for the interview. So much attention is always placed on the interviewee whenever the word interview is mentioned. Little or no searchlight is placed on the interviewer and most times we fail to realize that the interviewer is faced with almost the same challenges of preparing for an interview. Most times, the employer is faced with different challenges when employment needs to be made, especially when there is no human resource personnel present.
In such cases, an employer will require a few tips on how to successfully get through with the employment process.
1. Make comprehensive documentation of questions related to the job: In order to be in synchronization, it is advised that an employer writes out a list of questions that relates to the job’s responsibilities. This will enable you to be in control of the interview and be aware of the potential employee’s strength and knowledge in relation to the job.
2. Adequately review the candidate’s curriculum vitae or resume: By reviewing the candidate’s resume, you will be abreast of some specific details and experiences of the candidate. This will enable you to know what to expect and how to carry on with the interview processes.
3. Outline the structure of the interview: It is advised that the employer outlines a structure and process on how he/she wants the interview to flow. This could begin with the employer introducing him or herself, followed by a brief description of the company before opting to ask the candidate questions.
4. Ask personal questions: It is also advised that the employer asks behavioral and personal questions like; tell me about your past experiences and reasoning for quitting the last employment.
5. Give the candidate enough talking time: the employer is expected to talk less and allow the candidates to have enough talking time to express their points. It is suggested that the employer talks for only 30 percent of the time during the interview. Give the candidate enough time to expatiate on their abilities, qualifications, skills, and experiences.
6. Manage your non-verbal communication: The candidate is also looking for non-verbal signs like your tone of voice, your facial expression, and even your dressing. Just like the interviewee needs to be cautious not to send out improper signals, so also it is necessary for the employer to be cautious of their non-verbal signals.
7. Don’t get too informal: In a bid to be polite and accommodating, it is necessary not to get too informal else the candidate might perceive it as unprofessional and could take the employer for granted in the future if he/she gets employed.
8. Follow up: It is important to extend courtesy by a follow up of your candidate, either through phone calls or emails, endeavor to get back to the candidate and give feedback on the interview whether it was successful or not. In the case where the candidate is not being employed, politely explain to the candidate why he/she was not employed and also encouraging them to apply for future vacancies.