The key to hiring is a simple and orderly interview process. Here is our approach to the perfect interview process:
1. The First-Round: Conduct 6, back-to-back 20-minute interviews of our pre-screened candidates in our office. By doing so, you can quickly compare and contrast the candidates’ backgrounds, personalities and skill levels at a similar price. Repeat this process until you get 2 or 3 candidates that you feel could be a good fit for your team. This eliminates any phone or video interviews and by getting you out of your office, away from all of the distractions, you can focus 100% of your attention on the candidates you are meeting.
2. The Second-Round: Before leaving our office, schedule the top 2 or 3 candidates for an immediate onsite interview. Try to schedule everyone for the next day. Hopefully these interviews can also be back-to-back, so your team can devote time to interviewing, get an immediate comparison and then get back to their daily routines. The first onsite interview meetings should go as follows:
a. Manager: Expectations and information about the role (45 minutes)
b. Staff Members: Technical screens, a day in the life at company, and their own career stories (45 minutes with each teammate)
c. Get immediate, detailed feedback on candidates.
3. The Final Interview: Select the top 1 or 2 for a second onsite and final interview. During this final session:
a. Manager: Answer any additional questions about the role and company. (45 minutes)
b. Manager’s Boss: Confirm how well the candidate understands the job and why they want to work in your organization. (45 minutes)
c. Human Resources: Assess the personality and cultural fit, assess reasons for leaving former positions, and confirm references. (45 minutes)
d. Get immediate, detailed feedback on candidates. If you don’t believe that there is a viable candidate, then repeat the process again.
4. Decision Time: Make an offer, contingent upon the successful completion of the background and reference checks.