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Hiring Tips – How to Conduct a Good Interview

December 27th, 2017 by gtowsley Leave a reply »

 

The funny thing about a good plumbing marketing strategy, is that you can find your business growing at a rapid pace. What we have noticed from a lot of our clients, is the influx of business requires them to expand their team. However, when it comes to your business you want to make sure you are placing your customers in good hands and have a good face representing your business and company values. We don’t know about you, but we haven’t come across too many people that thoroughly enjoy the interview process, applicants or interviewers. Interviews can be uncomfortable, stressful, and it can be challenging to get a clear understanding of who the applicant is. Its important to be objective to find the right candidate for the job. Here are some hiring tips to help you conduct a good interview.

 

#1 Start Slow

Interviews can lead to a lot of anxiety, for both applicants and interviewers. Not everyone has been born with the gift of gab, and sometimes these circumstances can be a little uncomfortable. One way to ease into things is to simply start slow. Ask personal questions like: Where are you from? What was your first job like? Ice breaker questions can help everyone relax and can also provide some valuable background information about the applicant. You may also find you get some pretty entertaining stories.

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#2 Don’t Drill

When it comes to the interview it is best to coax information form applicants. Don’t drill them for information. This can make the interview process extremely uncomfortable. When applicants feel safe and comfortable, the likely the applicant is to open up and volunteer information about themselves and their experience.

 

#3 Ask the Right Questions

When conducting an interview, it is a good idea to have your interview questions ready. There are the standard questions like:

  • Why do you want this job?
  • Why should I hire you?
  • What are your strengths?
  • What are your weaknesses?

These are all expected, and chances are the answers have been well rehearsed. Try to think of some unique interview questions. Questions that can help you gain more perspective on their character and personality. These interview questions might take a bit to answer and you may be surprised by some of the answers. Here are some or our favorites:

  • How many pennies would fit into this room?
  • Describe the color yellow to someone who is blind?
  • A penguin walks through the door wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?
  • You are the new addition to the crayon box. What color are you and why?
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These questions may seem totally off the wall; however, the answer can be incredibly insightful not to mention they make the interview process more fun for everyone involved.

 

For more information on how to conduct a good interview and how to hire good employees contact Grow Plumbing today!

 

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