The Complete and Only Interview Checklist You’ll Ever Need

Is it time to bring on new hires for your growing business? The interview process is stressful for all parties, but many people don’t think about what it’s like on the employer’s side of things.

There’s so much to do when it comes to finding the perfect employees. We’re here with a brief interview checklist that can help you start the planning process.

Keep reading for the essential things that you’ll need in your interview structure.

Good Interview Questions

Every potential employee dreads interview questions. They prepare and stress themselves out in anticipation of what you’re going to ask. 

Make things easier for both of you by coming up with good questions that are relevant to the position. You don’t always need the “stock interview questions” that many interviewers use.

Your job is to determine whether or not an employee is going to be a good fit for your workplace. Consider whether or not it’s important to ask questions about “greatest strengths and weaknesses” that you know will have canned answers.

Make sure that you take your interviewee’s personality into account, not just their technical experience.

Work Background and Planned Responses

Your responses also matter. You have the upper hand because you already know what you’re going to ask. Prepare yourself for any possible answers that your interviewee may have.

Also, know that you’ll be asking your interviewee if they have any questions. Prepare yourself by planning what you’d say about your workplace, the overall work culture that you try to provide, and any small details about payment, accessibility, and more. 

Background Checks

Do you do background checks for your employees?

Not all businesses do this, but it’s often advisable if you work with large amounts of money, vulnerable populations, or sensitive data. If this is the case, make sure that you take time to run a check on your interviewee before you make a commitment. 

Standard background checks are commonplace and easy to find, but you can also read this guide about social media background checks if you’re interested in going that route. 

Remember, not everyone has a social media profile. 

References: Yes or No? 

Many employers ask for references when they’re hiring. Is that appropriate for your business?

If you’re looking for entry-level talented individuals, you might not benefit from references. Many of these people are fresh out of college and excited to enter the workforce. This means that they don’t yet have professional references.

On the other hand, if you’re looking for someone with plenty of preexisting experience for a high-level position, you might benefit from checking references. 

Talk to your potential hire before checking references to make sure that there are no problems, such as a company dissolving or a former employer passing away.

Use This Interview Checklist When You Hire

This interview checklist will help you start your hiring process off on the right foot. You’ll be well on your way to a successful employee onboarding in no time. 

Between good questions and answers, background checks, and strategic use of references, you’ll have the perfect new team member.

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