LPHR Magazine (March 2013) - Page 74

FIRST INTERVIEW CHECKLIST A HR Professional is the gatekeeper to any organization. Sometimes, the first face that a potential candidate sees in a company is a face of the HR Department. The role of HR in the company recruitment and interview processes varies from organization to organization...depending on its size, talent management and succession planning needs OR plans for future growth. There can be a lot to cover to effectively and efficiently make the most of a first round interview. Typically, you will want to do a lot of listening and you can open up the candidate’s dialog with a number of fundamental, behavioral style questions that can answer more than one question at a time. For example: How did you hear about us? Tell me a little bit about yourself. (Review of the person, their history of work, commitments, etc.) What is a typical week/day in your current position? What are your greatest strengths? What is your greatest opportunity for improvement/weakness? What is your career path? What are your goals? What is the meaning of sales or providing exceptional customer care to you? (Or anything relevant to the position) What transferable skills do you bring to the table? What do you know about us? Do something. (For example, if applying to a sales position, ask the candidate to sell you something. You can learn a lot about a candidate by how they respond... Do they sell something in the room or jump at the opportunity to be creative on the spot? Did they cover your organizations basic principles for sales techniques? Did they sell a product or fill a customer’s needs - in this case, you - the interviewer, etc.) MARCH 2013 | LPRH.CO HUMAN RESOURCES | Interview Checklist