If you’re running a business in the Boston Metro area, chances are you’ll need to conduct job interviews from time to time.  Whether your company is growing and taking on new employees or you’re replacing an employee who has resigned, knowing how to conduct great interviews is essential to the success of your business.  Forbes has some great tips for conducting the most effective interview possible, making it much easier to hire the right candidate for your company.

Interview the Right People

Set the bar high for the candidates that you interview, and you’ll be doing your Boston Metro area business a huge favor in the long run.  To get great candidates interested, make sure that you’re communicating why your company is a great place to work.  This can be done through your website, or with flyers and interesting information if you attend career fairs.  Often, those who get excited about your company’s culture, mission and values are a great fit in the end!

Be Prepared for the Interview

Know who you are interviewing!  Check out the candidate’s resume before the interview.  What questions do you want to ask?  Is there a particular position on their resume that you’d like to know more about?  Planning out some questions in advance can help you feel more comfortable in the interview, and ensures that you won’t miss out on discussing an important topic.

Encourage Elaboration

This is an essential tip.  We all know that there are standard interview questions for which many candidates will rehearse answers.  How can you get away from these rehearsed responses and learn more about the candidate’s accomplishments and skills?  One strategy relates to our previous tip of being prepared.  Choose a project or notable success on their resume, and come up with some questions that will encourage them to elaborate.  Ask about their responsibilities on that particular project, how they made a difference in the end result, or how their other team members would describe working with them.  This type of question will encourage detailed responses, and can help you gain the insight that you need to make a good decision for your office team.

Implementing these tips will help you interview successfully, allowing you to hire employees that will help drive your company in the right direction.  If you have any questions about finding commercial space for your Boston Metro area business, don’t hesitate to contact me and ask! I’d be happy to give you guidance on the ins and outs of the process.

Jay Nuss
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