Jobs interviews. (Gulp.)
How many weak jobs interviews have you had? What made it bad?
Working as an occupational therapist for 10+ years I have seen it all and come to the conclusion:
Poor job interviews are suffocating our industry…
and those who suffer the most…
are our clients.
While great employees and employers exists, we are lacking a bridge to unite the two.
This post will share insight on:
- How to Unlock a power interview.
- Interview questions to eliminate, and their replacements.
- What to look for in people.
This is a great read for both sides of the interview coin, let’s jump in!
- Unlock a power interview. Zero-in!
Start with the goal of having a powerful interview.
This will require research.
When you set up an interview, make sure you thoroughly research your candidate.
Constantly ask yourself: does this candidate’s experience and previous accomplishments align with my company’s mission?
For each “chunk of resume” notate a specific question tailored to that specific candidate; the more personal, the better. This will signal to the candidate you care.
Most employers want nothing more than to know they work for a good company, with good people, who genuinely care about their contributions.
By doing your research and preparing for success, you will give the candidates confidence in your company and confidence you can help them progress in their professional careers.
- Quality Questions Reflect Quality People
Drop the predictable interview questions.
Average questions reflect average people.
Quality questions reflect quality people.
As previously noted, each question should be tailored to your candidate’s experience and potential to serve your company.
Use their resume to help you craft relatable questions.
Pinpoint questions that speak on passion.
Example: “What has kept you driven and passionate about pursuing/continuing OT?”
Pinpoint questions that signal personal and professional growth.
Example: “Where do you see yourself taking your OT Career?”
Example: “How do your future goals fit into our company?”
As you interview, focus more on a conversational tone rather than a traditional interview format.
By engaging back and forth in a less tense environment it will help you see the candidate’s true character.
- Turn on Your X-Ray Vision.
As an interviewer, you need to develop the professional sense to see though people.
This comes with experience.
The top trait to spot in an interviewee is confidence.
To spot confidence I look for a candidate’s consistent pacing when listening and answering questions.
Not everyone has the same temperature of confidence.
Hot confidence might be loud and social, cool confidence might be reserved, analytical.
Whether you’re the interviewer or the interviewee, when you are able to be a consistent person, and able to thrive in your own temperature, no matter how hot or cold, that is where your confidence reveals itself.
Ingenuine confidence comes though body language, tone, and lack of conviction.
Pssst. Make sure you reciprocate the same consistency in your own confidence: lead by example.
If you follow the tips above you will cultivate honest relationships, leading to satisfied employees and decreased turnover rates. The ability for your company to thrive means your clients and customers will bud and blossom in their interactions and experiences with your team.
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