Here’s an idea that you may find very helpful.
Before you start the interview, ask two or three of your staff to come in to ask you a question. After getting the question answered, they could have a little mini-interview of their own with the candidate.
It could go like this:
Employee (after getting his question answered, asks the prospect): “Oh, you’re considering working here?”
Prospect: “Why, yes I am.”
Employee: “What made you decide to apply here?”
Prospect: “Well, I heard from a friend that you’re hiring.”
Employee: “Oh, so you’re just looking for a job then?”
Okay, that’s a bit rough, so let’s at another possible conversation:
Employee: “Oh, you’re looking to work here?”
Prospect: “Yes I am.”
Employee: “Well, I’ve been working here for over ten years and I gotta tell you, it’s been more of a challenge than I ever thought it would be.”
Prospect: “Oh, um, how do you mean?”
Employee: “Well, the boss is very demanding which is good because we do manage to get a lot done, but it’s sometimes just quite a bit to deal with.”
Of course, if you’re the boss conducting the interview, you will have to keep a straight face for this kind of thing, but you get the idea.
You might even step out of the office for a few minutes and then have one of your staff come in and start up a conversation with the candidate.
You may have a couple of staff who look forward to these moments when they can have a very impromptu “interview.” And this kind of thing could get very creative.
If you apply this hiring tip, you may learn a few things that wouldn’t surface normally.
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