|Hiring New Employees
|Screening Job Candidates: On a written application form, you
can ask candidates to provide all the relevant factual information you need.
- Name, address, phone number, social insurance number
- Educational background
- Work experience
- Three references
- A brief explanation of why the candidate wants the job and
thinks he can do it well
|Tips for a Successful Interview
- Be punctual: You've asked candidates to show up on time. You
- Minimize the small talk. You're hiring an employee, not a
- Avoid interruptions. For example, don't interrupt the interview
to take a phone call.
- Keep the interview short. Ten minutes is sufficient.
- Ask each candidate the same specific questions.
- Take notes of their answers and of your impressions of the
candidate so that you can distinguish one candidate from another after you've
finished all the interviews.
- Wait till you've interviewed everyone to make a decision.
- Ask other staff members to participate in the interview. After
all, they have to work with the new employee.
- Once you've made a decision, contact the other applicants to
thank them for applying and to let them know you've hired someone else.
|Here are 10 questions that will help you to decide if the candidate
fits the bill:
- Why do you think you would preform well in the position?
- Why do you want to leave your current job?
- How much do you expect to earn within the next five years?
- How would you respond if...(describe a situation appropriate to
the job under discussion)?
- What are your strongest attributes?
- What are your weakest attributes?
- What steps can you take to compensate for your weaknesses?
- Why do you think you've been successful in your current
- What interests you most about the job?
- Where would you like to be in five years?
|In addition to specific answers, the candidate's responses to these
questions will also provide some insight into their sense of humour,
intellectual agility, performance under stress and interpersonal skills.