Conducting DIY Hiring Interviews

Chances are, if you’re a hiring manager, business owner or entrepreneur, you’ve had to conduct the employee interview process yourself. Hence the term, ‘DIY Interviewing’.

In this post I want to offer up 2 key principles that I’ve found useful for employers who need to interview and hire their own staff. These steps will help you avoid the type of ‘DIY Disaster’ hires that may happen when you conduct employee interviews.

Throughout the past 30 years of interviewing experience, I can tell you these two steps have been key in helping me avert my own DIY hiring disasters. ūüôā

Check out the video below for a visual summary of this article and go to the comments section of this article to check out the links:

First Principle: Become An Expert

READ! It’s really that simple. Or in the case of today’s social media and tech platforms, WATCH VIDEOS! The goal here is to educate yourself; to do the research and become the best version of a hiring manager that you can become. This is especially important if you don’t have the resources to help you do the interviewing and hiring. You need to become the expert you don’t have. With all the media available to us today, there are simply tons of resources you can use. I’ve left an example in the comments section of an excellent article from¬†Forbes Magazine¬†regarding one expert’s advise on conducting hiring interviews. Additionally, if you don’t know by now (what rock have you been under??),¬†YouTube¬†is the 2nd largest search engine in the world and is owned by the 1st largest search engine (Google), so you might want to use it as the excellent resource it is for finding information and tutorials on conducting hiring interviews. Feel free to start reading!

Second Principle: Get Formal Training/Instruction

This is a logical next step to Principle #1: Every DIY disaster that ever happened, went down because the skills of the DIYer just didn’t measure up to the demands of the project. Interviewing is no different, if you’re doing it yourself. At some point, you’re going to need to get training and/or some form of formal instruction on how to carry out effective hiring interviews that get the results you want. I had been in the hiring business for nearly 10 years before I took my first formal course in conducting an employee interview. Of course I thought I knew it all by that point, but wow, was I surprised at how much I actually learned by doing the training. RUN, don’t walk, to the nearest employee interview training that you can find! It doesn’t have to be a 6 month university course. These days the best training can be done in a few hours and often times, online! One of the best online training videos I’ve seen recently was hosted by the¬†Stanford Graduate Business School.¬†It’s a 13 minute video that was part of their training series. I’ve once again, left the link in the comments section here. Again, based on Principle #1, you need to do some research to find the best local and online resources for conducting interview training.

There you have it! two key principles for conducting hiring interviews. Both based on the underlying value of being well educated to ensure you get the best results. Have a great week everyone!

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Lee Hodgins, CPHR works with business owners, hiring managers, executives and entrepreneurs to leverage the power of hiring interviews to dramatically boost their effectiveness and accuracy in finding the most qualified job candidates. More information is awaiting you online. Check out our website link in the comments section.

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