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Interviewing: Message, Atmosphere & Questions

Sean Dailey, Ytel |  
Interviews can be an intense process for everyone involved. That's why it's important for three key points to remain consistent throughout each interview; your messaging on job postings, the atmosphere you bring candidates into, and the questions you ask. Read on for some insight into optimizing your hiring process and a free hiring template that will help narrow down what questions you should be asking!

Interviews can be an intense process for everyone involved. That's why it's important for three key points to remain consistent throughout each interview; your messaging on job postings, the atmosphere you bring candidates into, and the questions you ask. Read on for some insight into optimizing your hiring process and a free hiring template that will help narrow down what questions you should be asking!

Message

The way you phrase a job post is very important for both SEO purposes and the quality of the applicants you receive. You want your post to reflect a message that resonates with the type of person you want to hire.  Another key point is  keeping your message clear. If your message is too difficult to understand, how do you expect to attract any interest in the job? Nowadays, a candidate knows whether they want to work for you or not, before they even click apply.

A few tips

  • Eliminate the fluff, be concise and to the point
  • Give them enough insight into the role, so they can picture themselves in it
  • Stand out! Don’t write a job description that matches the market, write one that represents you and the culture you maintain

Atmosphere

While initial phone interviews are common, it’s important to bring a qualified candidate on site for an in-person interview. This will not only give you a chance to see how they mesh with the team, but it will also allow you to see how they interact with different people. It’s equally important that your candidate feels comfortable in the atmosphere you welcome them into. This goes beyond office furniture and cool technology, but can be summarized by one simple concept: be genuine!

Showing a candidate that you care about your employees and what your company stands for will hopefully break down any barriers they have. Another way to accomplish this is if you can find someone who communicates in a similar way as the candidate. This allows the conversation to flow more, and the candidate will most likely open up easier. Making this connection means the interview will be ten times as productive!

Questions

What should you be asking candidates to really get to know them, on a personal level and the way they operate as an employee and a team member.

Try these:

  • How would your co-workers describe you?
  • What is one of your greatest accomplishments in your career? Why?

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About The Author

Sean Dailey, Ytel

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Sean leads the Recruiting efforts and is involved with Product Development at Ytel. After almost 4 years of agency recruiting, Sean decided to move towards internal recruiting and joined Ytel. He is a huge believer in culture, and puts an emphasis on building relationships.


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