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3 Incredible Ways to Improve the Interview Experience

Adam Couch January 28, 2019

The recruiting process can be long and tedious, especially if you are stuck trying to figure out how to manage the interview process successfully. Interviews are crucial to your recruitment strategy and it’s important for both candidates and recruiters to have the best interview experience.

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Technology can help automate the process, simplifying and accelerating the time it takes to get from the initial application to the interview. But for you to find better hires faster, you’ll need to know how to properly manage the high-volume interview experience.

Before: Prepare for the Interview

Before you can begin preparing for the interview, you have to get the job ad right. The description of what type of candidate you want, along with skills and experience, needs to be specific. Once the job applications start floating in, you’ll need to filter applications to a manageable number. Did you know the average job opening attracts over 250 applicants? Harnessing technology to automate some of this process can be beneficial as it allows recruiters to better focus on bigger tasks.

After you have reviewed the candidate’s submission and picked the talent you want to interview, you can begin the process to align the candidate with company culture. Come up with key questions to ask each job candidate. If you ask each candidate different questions, it will be hard to determine which one would be a better hire than another. It will also be beneficial for you to not schedule interview back to back, but rather to space them out. This will give you time to think about each possible hire, as well as help to not confuse one with another. Candidates have high expectations and know what they’re looking for, too. For the best interview experience, use technology, properly space interviews and be prepared for each one.

Personality can be a good predictor of short-term and long-term success at a company.

During: Focus on What Matters Most

Recruiters used to only care about skills and experiences, and while those are still relevant, personal attributes and culture fit play more of an important role. Personality can be a good predictor of short-term and long-term success at a company. During the interview, hiring managers need to focus on what matters most to them. Make sure you go through an overview of the role the candidate applied for. Asking the job candidate tailored questions to showcase their personality will positively add to the interview experience.

It will also be beneficial to you to simply have one in-person interview. It already takes an average of 42 days to fill an open position. Because of this, you might want to do a phone interview before the in-person one, but several in-person interviews are unnecessary. If the candidate didn’t impress you the first time, chances are they won’t have anything new to show in a second in-person interview; likewise, if the candidate really impressed you, there’s no reason to double check in another in-person interview. To ensure the best interview experience for both the recruiter and candidate during the interview, outline the job first and foremost, focus on abilities relevant to the position and ask tailored questions to get a good grasp of their personality.

After: Recap the Interview

Now that the interviews are done, you can move to the next step in the recruiting process: hiring the best talent before the competitor. It is likely the same candidates your company is interviewing have also applied for a similar position at a different company. At this point in time, you probably have something known as “the maybe pile” (i.e. the pile of candidates’ CVs or resumes who you maybe want to hire). It is time to make a decision and secure your talent.

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Right after the interview, recap with your team. This way, you don’t forget or miss anything about the candidate. Take the time to learn from what went well and to improve other aspects. It is unprofessional to not give candidates a reply, so make sure you not only give your best candidates a job offer but also cue in the other candidates as to why they didn’t get the job. This will overall improve the candidate experience with your company. After all, 80% of executives thought the experience was very important. For the best interview experience, recap right away, make an informed decision on the best talent and let all candidates know where they stand.

Managing high-volume interviewing is not always a breeze, however taking the time to do what you need to do before, during and after the interview can create a great experience for both the recruiter and job candidate. Wondering what you can do to improve your interviewing skills? Check out our webinar: Crazy Good Interviewing - How to Instantly Improve the Interview Experience.

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