Interview Tips

Hiring an addition to your staff is an investment and you want to make the right choice. While Aureus Group will identify and recruit the highest quality candidates for your position, the process culminates with the candidate’s interview with you.

As important as it is for the candidate to prepare for an interview, it is just as critical for you, the hiring official, to also have a plan.

This will ensure you are able to thoroughly evaluate the candidate and make the very best hiring decision for your organization.

Interview Prep:

  • Review the position requirements before the interview
  • The position’s responsibilities, knowledge, and skills required
  • Success factors – what does it take to be a top performer in this position
  • Expectations of the position
  • Prepare interview questions in advance. Don’t wait to decide on your questions during the interview. Preparing them ahead of time will ensure that you hit on all of the important points and enable you to gather all of the information you need about the candidate’s skills, abilities, and the ability to work within your company’s culture/environment.

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  • Make the candidate feel comfortable. Ensure the candidate is greeted in a friendly and professional manner, is made to feel welcome, and is personally escorted to the interview location.
  • Don't judge on first impressions. Sometimes candidates that don’t make the greatest first impression end up being the most outstanding employees. Allow candidates to fully present themselves before making a judgment one way or the other.

During the Interview:

  • Talk with the candidate about the position. Provide a brief summary, including expectations of the position, general responsibilities, who the employee would report to, and any major challenges of the position. The candidate will then be able to offer relevant examples and responses during the interview.
  • Be flexible: Although you have your questions planned in advance, don’t be afraid to let the conversation steer the interview. Building questions from the candidate’s responses will also help keep the candidate at ease.
  • Listen more than you speak. In general, try to spend 80 percent of the time during the interview listening while taking notes and 20 percent talking. Otherwise, you will not be able to obtain all of the necessary information you need from the candidate.
  • Open it up to questions. A candidate truly interested in the position will likely have some questions for you. This is also the time when you may be able to uncover the motivating factors behind the candidate applying for the position. If you aren’t able to answer a question, tell the candidate you will find out and follow up.
  • Stay within legal guidelines. There are certain questions that are able to be asked during an interview and others that are illegal. Understanding legal hiring guidelines before entering into an interview with a candidate is critical. You may only ask questions that relate to the job itself. You must refrain from asking any questions that may have the potential to elicit bias.
  • Promote your organization. This is an area that many employers overlook during the interview but it may just make the difference between hiring a talented candidate and losing the individual to another company. Remember that you are competing with other organizations for the very best talent. Just as candidates are selling themselves to you, it’s important that you sell your company to them. Talk about your company’s best attributes, what separates your organization from the rest, and why the candidate should want to work for you.

After the Interview:

  • Be clear about the next step. Don’t leave the candidate hanging. Be honest about what the candidate can expect from you. If you promise to follow up, make sure that you do. Let the candidate know a timeframe for your final hiring decision.
  • Evaluate. If the candidate interviewed with several people from your company, compare notes. Be ready to provide examples from your interview.

Aureus Group is a leading staffing and recruitment agency, specializing in the practice areas of accounting, information systems, information technology, and wealth management within a variety of industries. With more than 45 years of experience in talent acquisition, combined with extensive tools and resources, Aureus Group identifies outstanding opportunities for job seekers and highly skilled professionals for leading companies and businesses. Aureus Group offers a portfolio of customized hiring and career options to fit the unique needs of its customers. Solutions include direct hire, Match Hire®, and contract / supplement staffing. Aureus Group is based in Omaha, Nebraska with regional offices located in Kansas City, Missouri; and Des Moines, Iowa. Aureus Group serves clients and candidates on a national scale, surfacing talented and experienced candidates for finance and accounting jobs, IT jobs, IS jobs, wealth management jobs, health care administration jobs, as well as opportunities for executive-level leadership. There is never a fee to a candidate for our services.