By now, you know our motto:
“The more you know about someone before you hire them, the better your hiring decision will be.”
With that in mind, here’s a tip that may gain you a good bit of information in a fairly short period of time.
At some point in the hiring interview, look at your applicant and say, “Okay, Alex, the next thing I’d like to do is have you meet our staff. Feel free to walk around and say hi to everyone. Ask them what they do, if you like, or even ask if they like working here. I’ll let you head off and do that and I’ll meet you back here in a half an hour.”
Word that in any way that you like with the idea that you want Alex to meet all (or quite a few at least) of your staff and have a brief conversation with them.
You’re likely to get considerable feedback here. Your staff will let you know how comfortable he was, how communicative he was, if he asked any interesting questions, etc.
Ideally you’d set this up with your staff ahead of time. If they know that you’ll be sending new applicants around every so often, they’ll be ready and likely most willing to participate.
You could also have a short form printed off for your staff to report back to you their observations. Or you could have them send you a fast email after they’ve seen Alex.
You should gain some valuable insights from Alex directly when he returns to the interview. Feel free to ask very specific questions here:
“What did you think of our staff?”
“Did you find anyone particularly interesting?”
“Did Robert in accounting give you a hard time? He loves harassing prospective employees.”
Alex may come back from this tour of your staff with a big smile on his face and he may come back looking quite glum. Or anywhere in between.
This short tour may give you some keen insights into your applicant that you might not get in any other way.
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