Interviewing as a Business Owner: 7 Tips to Remember

Mar 16, 2017, Written by Shannon Farris


Let’s be honest, the hiring process can seem challenging to both the interviewer and the interviewee. It can be difficult to identify if a candidate is a good fit for your company after just an hour or two of getting to know them.

As business owners, of course you want to hire the “right” person, the one that will jump on board with your vision and be a part of the team that you are building or have built.

This process requires creating a job description, posting this description to one (or multiple) job sites, and perusing submitted resumes.

After you’ve found the resumes that made an impression upon you, it is time to bring them in for the next step: interviews.

What to Do When Conducting an Interview  

Before you conduct the interview, it’s beneficial to know what questions you’re going to ask and how you’re going to ask them. Do your research on the candidate as you review their resume and the qualities you are looking for.

I realize that no two interviews are the same, but there are methods you can use during each interview to help guide a productive conversation. Here are seven helpful tips to remember during the interview process.

  1. Make a checklist of what you are looking for. Whether this is a mental or physical checklist, review your job description and determine what qualifications the ideal candidate must have to be best suited for the position.
  2. Keep the candidate’s resume on you during the interview. This may not always be possible, but a resume is the best guiding tool to have in an interview. Use it to ask questions and pull information about their background and experience.
  3. Ask open-ended questions. Open-ended questions allow the candidate to elaborate on their answers and provide details about their past employment experiences and skill sets.
  4. Inquire about their previous jobs. Find out what kind of experience the candidate has gained from prior jobs. Why did they leave these positions? What kind of terms are they on with their previous employers?
  5. Ask the candidate “scenario” questions. Give an example of a situation that could potentially happen at your workplace and ask the candidate how they would handle it.
  6. Dig for specifics about their qualifications. For example, if they listed “leadership” as a skill set or qualification on their resume, you might say, “Tell me about an instance where you had to step up and demonstrate leadership.”
  7. Pray. This may be the most obvious, but forgotten-about tip. Pray for the Holy Spirit to guide your decision-making. Pray for clarity and discernment when it comes to your next hire.

Hiring the best employees for your business is vital. They are going to be a part of the engine that keeps your company running and growing.

Be wise and thoughtful about your next hire. As a small business owner, you want employees who value your vision and are willing to work hard for the company you have built.

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Shannon Farris

Shannon Farris

Shannon graduated from Louisiana State University with a bachelor’s degree in Child and Family Studies in December of 2015. She began working full time at Crossroads in October of 2016. She is excited to be a part of a team who builds their foundation on Christ and desires that to be seen first in everything they do.

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