As a business owner, you need to know how to conduct good interviews, because this is what leads to getting good employees, which will ultimately lead to the growth of your business.

In this article, i will be talking about great tips and important things you need to know while conducting an interview as a business owner.

Step 1: Picking You Interviewers

The number of interviews that will be present for an interview is very important. The more the people the more intimidated the interviewees feel. Therefore pick only people that he or she will be working directly under or one or two team members. Three interviewers are just perfect.

Step 2: Time and Length of Interview

There is no static time for an interview, but depending on the flow of the conversation, you might decide to extend it. But for the sake of time and the number of people you have to interview make each session not too long. Note this, create more time for managerial roles more than non-managerial roles.

Step 3: Get everything in order

Make sure the space for the interview and the settings are in place, you need to sell your firm to the prospective employee. The fact that you are a small or medium scale business does not limit you in getting the right type of staff.

Check out your interviewers’ schedule and make sure the day is booked for everyone, and make sure you make your interview days very flexible for anyone attending, you might lose good prospective employees because of bad timing.

Step 4: Preparing For The Questions To Ask

Before you enter a room to conduct an interview make sure you have the following with you

  • A copy of the job description in front of you
  • Decision what you are actually looking from the job description and the requirements for team and culture fit
  • Draft unique questions based on candidate’s resume
  • Have a copy of candidates resume

You can add the following questions to your list if it is not there

  1. What do you know about our company
  2. Why are you interested in the field? How do you keep current with it?
  3. Would be willing to role-play the following situation( list unique situations in your firm)
  4. What do you think the position involves doing on a daily basis?
  5. Why do you think this is a great job for you?

Step 5: Choosing The Right Candidate

There three types of candidates you are most likely to interview

Candidate 1: The Rockstar candidate, the candidate that everyone loved and they want even more from. You are all excited to start working with the candidate. You can get the candidate an offer letter within 24-48 hours because if the candidate is that good another company might be a step away from hiring him or her.

Candidate 2: The debate Candidate, this candidate is good but maybe everyone does not agree with the fact that he or she is that good. Most times this always causes a debate.

You can prevent this entire debate if you try a structured interview, which creates an unbiased interview process with candidate scoring to prevent debates like this.

Candidate 3: the rejected candidate, most interviews just stop contacting this set of candidates without any knowledge on how the interview went, you can actually send a rejection email to make the person know you are not interested. The letter format can be like this


Thank you for taking the time to go through our interview process and for coming into our offices yesterday. While we enjoyed meeting you, we will unfortunately not be moving forward. We are simply looking for someone who (insert 1-2 reasons why they are being rejected).

Thank you again and best of luck in your search,

 Sandra at xyz Company

In conclusion, patience is a virtue when you want to hire the right employee, follow these steps and ask every possible question, it will go a long way.

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