dental interview

Congrats! If you are bringing someone in for an interview, you are one step closer to making a hire! The hard work is not over yet though- the interview is an important part of the hiring process. Meeting with the candidate will tell you information that isn’t found on their resume. Use these tips on your next interview to make it a successful meeting!

1. Be on time.

This shows the candidate that you have respect for their time and that you run a practice that is timely and efficient.

2. Walk before you run.

You want the candidate to feel comfortable and as if they can answer questions freely and truthfully. Don’t start drilling them with questions the minute they walk into the door. Start by asking about where they grew up, or where they graduated college. The more relaxed the job seeker is, the more honest their answers will be.

3. Prepare questions prior to the interview.

You’ll feel prepared and it will prevent you from asking whatever questions sound good at the moment. A structured interview will lead to a better hiring decision.

4. Ask questions that will address the specific tasks that the job requires.

Sit down prior to the interview and create an accurate job analysis so you know exactly what tasks are required.

5. If you are interviewing multiple candidates for the same job, ask them the same questions.

This will allow you to accurately compare candidates when making a decision.

6. Make sure your questions cover a variety of styles.

Behavioral, situational, and skill-related questions. Avoid strictly yes and no questions, give them questions they can elaborate on so you can get to know them better. Ask them what their biggest accomplishment was at their last job. What would their boss say about them if they were called for a reference?

7. Know the questions you can’t ask.

You might be surprised by the questions the law forbids you from using in an interview.

8. Let the candidate talk!

You want to make sure you have enough information to make the tough hiring choices, if you talk the whole time, you won’t be able to choose.

9. Take notes.

Especially if you are interviewing more than one candidate. Don’t force yourself to rely on your memory when making a decision.

10. Follow-up.

Even a simple email explaining the next step in the hiring process will go a long way.

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