Investing in yourself will give the highest ROI you’ll ever find. The returns can be immediate and continue to build throughout your lifetime. So, where should you start? Which activity should top the list of your “skill investment”?
I believe that interviewing needs to be in everyone's top three, if not number one. Today, interviewing is much more than just asking the right questions and giving the right answers. Interviews are extremely important so make sure that you are ready.
- Outline – Put aside 30 seconds to outline the structure of the interview with every candidate before you jump in with your questions. This will allow the candidate to be aware of the interview structure, know when they should ask their questions, what is going to be covered in the interview, and feel more comfortable with a nerve-wracking process.
- Structure – Having a pre-designed and practiced interview structure allows you to focus on the information and hone your listening skills rather than worry about what you are going to ask next. A few minutes of planning before an interview can increase the interview effectiveness significantly.
- Listening – This is a communication skill that everyone needs to master. Many companies now are even willing to provide training on how to be a better listener. Expertise in this skill leads to fewer mistakes and misunderstandings, better productivity and improved collaboration. Listening requires focus, paying attention to the story, the storyteller, and their verbal and non-verbal messages. Richard Branson often claims that listening was a main attribute to Virgin's success.
- Exchange of information – The purpose of any interview is for the mutual benefit of both parties. Allow plenty of time for questions from the candidate so they have enough information to make an informed decision. Candidates cannot feel comfortable with an offer if they have not been given enough time to ask their question or to answer your questions.
- Conclusion – Wrap up the interview with a conclusion. It’ll give you an opportunity to discuss how you think the interview went, talk about the next steps and possibly gather more information.
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