Since our recent termination of an employee, I am back combing through stacks of resumes and cover letters trying to pick out candidates for initial interviews.
If you have ever had to do this process you know that it is very time consuming, especially with the high number of resumes due to job shortages.
I have all of my questions written down for phone and face-to-face interviews, as I do not want to forget any vital information that I am seeking to get. With State laws being very restrictive it is important to learn how to make the candidates comfortable and willing to open up and tell you about them.
Being prepared as an interviewer is very important, as you are responsible for hiring the best person for the job. It is costly if you have to repeat the process over and over again.
It is also equally important to be prepared if you are the interviewee. You will want to find out as much about the job, company and people you will be working with in order to decide if the job is offered to you that it is a good fit for you.
The link below is an article from the, “Monster” job site, on important questions to ask when being interviewed.
Here are a few they suggested:
- What are the biggest short- and long-term issues I would need to focus on in this position?
- What would I need to focus on differently than the previous person in this position?
- What organizational issues should I be aware of?
After reading the article I am looking forward to finding out which, if any, of my candidates will have questions for me. I would say 8 out of 10 candidates I interview say they have no questions.
The goal of employee and job hunting is to find the right person for the job and the right job for the person.