Starting a business often means hiring new employees. If you haven't done much interviewing and hiring, you might be focusing on how to find people who can fill your open position(s) quickly. However, studies show that it can be better to take your time and find the right person for a position, especially since bad hires can wind up costing you and your business a lot of time and money. Conducting great interviews is a good way to improve your chances of hiring the right employees. But how do you do that?
This article on Refinery29.com offers some good advice from some seasoned interviewers. Interestingly, the article begins with asking about the most important thing new managers should consider when interviewing and hiring --- and, that first piece of advice might not be what you were expecting. Lindsey Walenga, cofounder of Siren PR, says the first thing to consider is: "Believe in yourself as a leader. If you’re new at building a team, you might feel the need to be overly friendly or, on the opposite end, too authoritative, as you’re getting used to the idea of being the boss. Both of those can cause problems when building a team. Instead, new managers should go into interviews with calm confidence and a clear picture of what high performance means for the position. Doing so will give candidates greater clarity on their fit for the role, and a foundation of trust will be started."
Both Walenga and Jenny Houser, operations manager at Bryr Studio, have some helpful tips in this article. These include avoiding leading the candidate’s answers, being comfortable with awkward silences, and being kind but firm in the interview.
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