You’ve been working on your startup for a couple of years now. You've made it this far without an office, without a team, and without a business plan. But now the time has come to hire some new employees to help you continue on your quest to make the world a better place one app at a time. And you know what that means: It's time to start interviewing candidates.
Interviewing can be stressful and long--especially when you're trying to find someone who is perfect for the job. With so many applicants and so little time, it's hard to say no, even if the candidate doesn't seem like a good fit for your company.
Don't let yourself get overwhelmed! Read on for ten tips on how you can interview more effectively and quickly, saving precious hours of your day!
How to conduct a great interview
How you conduct an interview can make or break your candidate. There are so many aspects of the interview process to consider, from scheduling meetings to asking questions to how many questions you ask.
But what's the best way to conduct a great interview?
It all starts with your mindset. You want to come into each interview with an open mind. It's important that you're able to see how this person could be a good fit for your company, not just how they don't match up with what you're looking for.
Next, it's time to schedule your interviews. You should try and schedule your interviews back-to-back with the same person in order to keep them on their toes and prevent any lulls in conversation.
You'll also want to send out a confirmation email before the meeting so that both parties are prepared for what will happen!
The Interview Process
Interviewing is a two-way process. You interview the person for their skill set and they interview you to see if your company is a good fit for them.
The first thing you should do before interviewing a candidate is think about why they would be a good fit for your company. Then, think about what questions you want to ask during the interview to help you learn more about them and what they know about your company.
Something that can help you with this is writing out ten questions in advance (or even better, asking someone who's been in the position before).