Interviewing for the Interviewer
How do you compare candidates when their resumes are so different?
To help you compare “apples to apples” Exec-Comm suggests you select three skills any candidate must possess to succeed in the job you seek to fill. Look for evidence of those three skills with each resume you review.
How long should a thorough interview take?
You can conduct an effective interview in 30 minutes or a maximum of 60 minutes. Here’s how you should manage your time:
30 minute interview
- Greet and set tone (2-3 minutes)
- Probe for three skills (20 minutes)
- Give information & market firm (5-7 minutes)
- Identify next steps (1 minute)
60 minute interview
- Greet and set tone (5 minutes)
- Probe for three skills (40 minutes)
- Give information & market firm (5-10 minutes)
- Identify next steps (2-5 minute)
What are the qualities of an ideal candidate?
The ideal candidate must be willing to do the job, able to do the job and a match to your organization’s culture. If you find a candidate who is able to the job, but not willing or interested, the candidate may accept the position, but is likely to leave sooner. If the able candidate fails to blend into you current culture, the candidate will lose motivation, feel disconnected to colleagues and leave sooner, or remain begrudgingly.
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