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Three good interview practices every employer should live by

by , 10 October 2014
Finding the right candidate largely depends on how you handle the process as an interviewer.

This includes planning well in advance and preparing thoroughly. But most interviewers take this for granted. And, their interviews fall flat as a result.

To make sure this doesn't happen to you, always adhere to these three good interview practices.

Here are three good interview practices you should live by

1. Do your homework
According to Karen Alphonse, the Vice President at execsearches.com, if the position is a new one, make sure all stakeholders agree on how the position will fit within the company's priorities.
Revisit the position description and analyse how each credential, skill or personal quality fits into your company's operating priorities. If you're sure about what you want, you're more likely to identify professionals who fit the bill.
If, on the other hand, you're still working out politics, funding or personalities, you're better off waiting to start the hiring process.
'Consensus and consistency are keys to success here,' says Alphonse.

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2. Evaluate all candidates based on similar criteria
Before starting your interview process, meet with key leaders at your company to hammer out which skills/priorities are most important for success. Create a concrete list of assessment benchmarks. And then evaluate all candidates methodically based on your consensus checklist.
As you know, our Employment Equity Act (EEA) is against discrimination when recruiting. Using this approach will help you minimise unfair discrimination claims. Because you'll be assessing everyone using the same criteria, there will be no room for favoritism.
3. Ask pointed, relevant questions

According Alphonse, the quality of your questions will tell your candidates how seriously you take the role at hand. Offhanded, irrelevant questions will give the impression that you either don't value the role or that you haven't taken the time to think things through. Either way, you run the risk of losing great candidates.
What's more, if you ask irrelevant questions, you could face unfair discrimination claims.
To ensure your interviews don't fall flat, stick to these good interview practices.
Be prepared. Do your homework ahead of time and work with key players to generate a starting list of relevant questions related directly to the task at hand.
PS: If you want to ensure every step of your recruitment process is legal and effective, we strongly recommend you check out Recruitment: The Complete Guide.

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