Have you ever fallen in love at first sight when interviewing a candidate? Ok, not real love, but perhaps had that instant rapport that made you “like” this person. You know the feeling . . . easy person to talk with, had common interests, know the same friends, went to the same school, etc. You cancel the next two office interviews, and extend an offer. Two weeks later the new employee quits because he accepted another offer. What went wrong? Here are 4 interview tips to keep you from pulling the trigger on a hiring decision too soon.
1) Never interview just one candidate.
2) Ask interview questions based on the key accountabilities for the position.
3) Have at least 5 conversations with a candidate before making an offer (i.e. phone interview, office interview, 2nd interview, follow-up phone interview, trial close conversation)
4) Seek outside consultation on final candidates for an independent, objective viewpoint.