Whether you’ve been in business for 30 seconds or 30 years, hiring is hard. Do you know the questions to ask? More importantly, do you know how to get honest answers? Follow these six interview rules, and you’ll get the real information you need to make the right decision…
6 Interview Rules to Find “The One” for ANY Role
The hiring process is not fun for anyone…
No one likes paying to list jobs…
No one likes wading through resumes…
And all that goes on before anyone comes in for an interview — which you aren’t sure you’re doing right anyway…
But at the end of the day, you know that you can only go so far on your own.
You know that you are holding your business back by:
- Not growing your team.
- Or, bringing in the wrong people.
No additional help translates into no expansion which limits your revenue potential. And, onboarding candidates you just have to fire is time and money wasted.
YOU CAN’T AFFORD EITHER MISTAKE AS A BUSINESS OWNER.
The following interview rules took decades for Grant’s execs to develop. At the same time, they have been worth the quality of talent they’ve found by using them.
So, study them, use them, and build the team that will take your company to the next level…
Be Easy to Communicate With
Often, the school of thought used in interviews is to make the applicant uncomfortable.
The theory is that it shows the interviewer if that person can work well under pressure. However, this approach causes a huge problem when screening candidates…
THEY BECOME EVEN MORE GUARDED ABOUT WHAT THEY REVEAL ABOUT THEIR SKILLS AND THEMSELVES.
You want people to be as forthcoming with you as possible. That way you can pick up on spoken and unspoken clues to if they are right for the role.
Do not get confused here!
You are not going to spend time in this interview on small talk. A welcoming demeanor and interested attitude are enough to put them at ease.
Nonetheless, none of these interview rules matter if you disregard the next one…
The Most Important of ALL Interview Rules — Shut Up and Listen
Once you’ve set the candidate at ease, it is easy to start talking more than you’re listening.
THAT IS A MASSIVE MISTAKE.
An interview is not the time to go on about how much you love and are proud of your organization. Remember, they are selling you on what they can do for your bottom line.
Also, control is necessary for an effective interview. In the same way as the sales cycle, that means the number one interview rule is…
ALWAYS GET ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS YOU ASK.
At the same time, be cognizant if the applicant is taking a long time to answer or sidestepping topics. Those are red flags you should take into consideration.
And speaking of red flags…
Don’t Give Second Chances
We all want to see the best in others. This is an admirable quality. Nonetheless, a job interview is not the time to be reasonable.
With that in mind, you should immediately exclude someone if they are:
- No Show
- Attempt to Reschedule
This is one of the harshest interview rules. But, your time is valuable — and they just wasted it.
Additionally, this is supposed to be an applicant’s first, best impression. If they can’t get this right, likely, it won’t get any better if you hire them.
The next rule follows similar logic…
Expect Candidates to Dress Professionally
Before we jump into this guideline, realize that it does not mean every candidate needs to show up in a suit or dress.
Still, they need to dress appropriately for the position you’re hiring for.
For example, don’t expect an applicant for an executive and a salesperson to wear the same attire to an interview.
That being said, someone being overdressed is not a bad thing.
Trust Your Gut
The last of these tips may seem vague, but think about it this way…
NO ONE KNOWS YOUR BUSINESS AND WHAT IT NEEDS AS WELL AS YOU DO.
And, if you follow the prior interview rules, the applicants will give you great data for you to make a decision on.
On the other hand, don’t be afraid to not move forward if something feels off. People can say all the right things, and not be genuine.
Don’t force something that doesn’t feel right.
Although they sound mercurial, there are solid reasons these interview rules are effective…
Why These Interview Rules WORK
The reason these methods are so effective is because of one simple thing…
People will tell you everything you want and need to know as long as you make them feel it is okay to do so. To be honest, that is the best thing for you, your business, and them.
Ask questions, get answers to them, pay attention, and expect them to be their best. You’ll find the right person for any role.
Grow your business and be great.
— GCTV Staff
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