If interviewing is a muscle and interviewer training is your gym, then your post-interview roundups are competitions for you to show off your skills.
There are tons of articles for candidates about how to nail the all-important interview, but there’s a surprising lack of information for interviewers about how to have a productive post-interview roundup.
These five questions serve as a great starting point for stellar interviewing teams.
1. Did the Candidate Seem Excited About Working Here?
While some individuals are just naturally reserved, it’s easy to tell if someone is excited at the prospect of working for your company if you know what to look for. Little things like sustaining eye contact, asking questions, and trying to start a conversation are all baseline metrics.
Other tell-tale signs are making references to research they did about your company. This should go beyond just knowing when you were founded or your CEO’s name and can include referencing events that involve the team, your company’s core values (and how they align to them), and more.
Above all, if you ask them why they want to work there, they should have an answer.
2. Should Anyone Else Interview the Candidate?
Besides the obvious individuals who they should speak to (their potential manager, team members, someone to interview for a core values-fit, HR phone screen, etc), there might be an additional person that the HR Manager wants them to speak with before proceeding with an offer.
Bringing this up during the post-interview roundup helps you avoid a potential backlog when it comes to bringing an offer (or not) to a candidate. After all, we’re living in a job market where candidate relationships are key, and this means fostering a smooth and swift interview process.
3. Is the Candidate Okay With Failure?
As you undoubtedly learned in training on conducting stellar interviews, the questions that you ask provide a window into a candidate’s future performance. Bouncing back from failure is an essential skill, yet only 27% of employees have high levels of resilience. Failure, and the candidate’s reaction to it, is a crucial topic to broach both during the interview and the roundup.
4. Do They Align With the Attributes We’re Looking For?
Defining your focus is the most important when it comes to making sure your post-interview roundups run quickly and smoothly. When as much as 80% of employee turnover is due to bad hiring decisions, thoughtfully considering your ideal candidate’s qualities can translate to better employee retention down the line.
The first step is setting a candidate scorecard through your Applicant Tracking System. A candidate scorecard will give you and the other interviewers different categories and subcategories to focus on during the roundup, such as if the candidate was collaborative, analytical, receptive to feedback, etc.
5. Do We Want To Hire the Candidate for the Right Reasons?
You never want to hire someone just because everyone’s feeling the strain left by the open position. With poor hiring decisions costing companies up to $240,000, the harm of hiring someone who’s a bad fit is astronomical and way more costly than the interview process as a whole.
Taking a step back and discussing with each other if you want to continue with the candidate because they’re a good fit or just because there’s a critical need will save your company upwards of millions of dollars in the long run.
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