After going through your fair share of interviews throughout your career, you might think that being on the other side of the table is easy. The person asking the questions has all the power; therefore, they can’t get nervous or share in any of the anxiety that comes along with job interviews.
However, for someone who is new to being the interviewer, the experience can be quite nerve-racking. The responsibility of asking the right question falls on you, as well as ultimately choosing the right candidate.
So how do you get rid of these nerves associated with being the interviewer. Just like everything else, it comes down to preparation. Here are a couple strategies to help you interview stress free.
Know How to Keep the Interview on Track
When people are nervous they have a tendency to ramble and get extra chatty. If you are nervous, you may find yourself talking for most of the interview only to realize that in the end you did not get to learn much about the candidate.
To keep the conversation on track, have a game plan beforehand. Know how you want the conversation to go before you enter the room. If you want to give an overview of the company, this is fine. Keep it short, leaving yourself enough time to ask the questions you want afterwards.
You will also want to know how you are going to turn the conversation back to the candidate. Candidates will now and again have quick questions or interject small talk. When this happens the conversation can go on unnecessary tangents. When asked questions, you need to give concise answers.
Research the Candidate Beforehand
It is not fun when you are preparing for the candidate 20 minutes before their expected arrival. It is difficult to know the details of their background, education and experience in this amount of time.
A day or two before the interview, set some time aside to review the candidates resume, cover letter, and other materials they may have submitted. When you do this, it will give you more confidence when entering the interview. You will know what questions you want to ask because you will have information to base them off of.
Know What You are Looking for in the Candidate
The good thing is you should feel a bit nervous before interviewing someone. After all, it is a pressure situation to identify the right person for your organization that is ultimately going to make it better. If you pick the right person, you’re the hero: if not, you might feel less than heroic for picking the wrong person.
Because of this you need to know what you are looking for and what questions will help you find that right employee.
Prior to the interview, identify the key things the person needs to make them successful in the role. What skills are vital? What experience will make them a natural fit? Once you have these things down, you will be able to develop the right questions to see who has these things and who doesn’t.
The message is simple. Preparation is everything. Put in the necessary work beforehand and the interview process will flow seamlessly and you will be confident you chose the right candidate in the end.