In the last post we looked at the first two steps in hiring the right crew. Steps three and four are:
3. Implement a Pre-Interview Screening Process: Too many business owners waste unnecessary time interviewing candidates who are not truly qualified. Avoid this problem by implementing a simple screening process. Here are two strategies I recommend before you get to actual, in-person interviews:
Voice Mail Screening: Set up a special voice mailbox for screening purposes. In your job description ad, have candidates call the number and leave a message BEFORE they even submit a CV. Listen to the responses. Ask the applicants whose messages impress you most to send a CV and complete a psychometric profile.
E-Screening: Instead of a phone message, ask candidates to reply via email and include some specific questions that they should answer, in addition to submitting their CVs. You'll find that a surprising percentage of applicants won't even follow this simple instruction, which is a fast way to weed them out.
Depending on the number of applicants and the nature of the job, you might even add another layer of screening: a live phone interview before you get to the final step, an in-person interview.
4. Bring Them in for a Test Drive: Bring top candidates in for an on-site interview. Get a feel for their personalities. Introduce them to the rest of your staff. Create a series of interview questions and have them focus on actual past experience as opposed to theoretical future possibilities. Then make an offer to the candidate who impressed you most.
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Dwight Grant is a seasoned businessman with over 30 years of leadership experience. He lives in CO where he enjoys whitewater rafting, mountain biking and spending time with family.