The most powerful factor in employee selection process in any organization is the job interview. It is used to know the candidates on a more personal basis. Even though resumes and applications are part of the employees selection process, face to face interviews offer you the chance to get to know the candidate on a personal level.
Preparing For The Interview
• Each candidate’s resume should be carefully reviewed to help select the best candidates for the interview. This will help you to know which of the candidate meets the basic requirements.
• Interview should be scheduled after short listing has been done and the members of the interview panel dully invited. Interview process must not be rushed to be able to select the best candidate for the job.
• Carefully itemize what it is you are looking for, such as education, training, job experience etc before the test. When this is done properly, it will help to refresh your memory and keep you focused.
• The contents of your questions must be the same even though you might want to rephrase them from time to time.
During The Interview
1. You should start the interview first of all, by introducing yourself and members of the panel. Tell the candidates who you are and your status in the organization.
2. You must maintain positive attitude and do not act like someone you are not. Do not be conditioned to think of interview as a potentially hostile situation.
3. Start the interview by asking several easy questions to help the candidate relax. The job responsibilities and expectations should be made known to the candidates.
4. Introduce the members of the panel and ask if the candidate recognizes any of them, this way you will know which of them has taken time to research the company’s profile.
5. You should do a little bit of the talking, let the person you are interviewing do most of it.
6. Carefully observe the person’s body language in relation to what he is saying verbally. Body language, sometimes says much more than words do.
7. Be sure you ask questions about the candidate’s strengths and weaknesses, year of graduation, job experience and work history if he is not a fresh graduate.
Other Questions To Ask
• His family background
• His attitude to work and life generally
• His knowledge of the job and company
• His career objective
• His leadership quality
Observe if the candidate speaks as fluently as possible without long gaps or silence between conversation. These are basic but very effective methods for choosing the right person for the job.
Irabor Akhimien Mark is a chief technologist and head of unit, college of medicine university of Ibadan. For your definitive guide to write resume, cover letter and interview tips, Visit: http://www.JobOpenNg.com jobs and employment portal
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