At its best, a job interview is a daunting experience. It brings out either the best or the worst in us. But we tend to forget that there are two parties involved in this process. Here are a few things to keep in mind when you are sitting at the opposite side of the table.

Nail the job description

Be sure to include all the details when advertising a position. List primary and secondary job requirements and indicate it accordingly. This limits the amount of resumes you might receive from candidates who do not have the necessary qualifications for the job.

Come prepared

Study the resume thoroughly beforehand and identify a list of questions that you DO NOT have the answers to. Interviewees can easily tell if you are thumb sucking or not. Generic questions will get textbook answers. Rather challenge the interviewee by asking behavioural questions. Pick their brains on how to handle real-life issues in the workplace and gather examples of how they have done so in their previous positions.

Lower the stress levels

Any interview, irrespective of how prepared you are, is an unnerving event. It is your job as an interviewer to create a favourable environment in which the candidate can express their knowledge and give input on their skills. Break the ice with a few personal questions. Not only does it set the interviewee at ease, but it also allows for the opportunity to learn more about the candidate – what makes them tick and what personality traits makes them a suited candidate for the position.

Three’s a crowd

When making any important decision in a company, a democratic process is ideal, but involving too many colleagues in an interviewing process, might be counterproductive. It simply delays the decision-making process. Depending on the position, limit the amount of company representatives in the interview to three.

Company culture 101

 It’s great to recruit someone who fits in with your company culture 100%, but first and foremost you are looking for someone who can do the job and do it well. Instead of recruiting a candidate whose personality fits the bill, rather look for somebody who can adapt to any environment they are placed in.

Sell your company

An interview is a two-way street and the stakes are just as high for the employee as it is for the interviewee. Remember to sell your company in the interview. In many instances, your interview is not the only one the candidate has lined up. So, what differentiates you from your competitors? Elaborate on the roles and responsibilities of the position, the company profile and of course the nature of the working environment.