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A successful interview fosters meaningful, productive conversation for both parties

A successful interview fosters meaningful, productive conversation for both parties. Consider the following as you refine your approach:

  • A good interview question invites a case study of workplace thinking. Ask questions that give candidates the chance to demonstrate their professional capability, experience and problem-solving skills.
  • Prepare questions that genuinely give candidates the chance to demonstrate their ability. It is challenging to prepare questions that push the candidate to think, but that is the purpose of your meeting.
  • Get candidates to talk beyond what they have rehearsed. Help candidates feel like they are in their work zone, where they can roll up their sleeves and tell you in their real voices what it is like to do the work they love to do.
  • Prepare a score card. This is a touchstone indicating what the team is seeking in your new hire. Use it as the basis for your questions and conversation. The score card matters.

Having a voice in how your team grows is an honour and a responsibility. Be reflective about it, and be purposeful as you continually refine your approach.

Insights from "Five Signs You're a Bad Interviewer" by John Ryan.