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I’m sure that many entrepreneurs have a special attitude towards the process of hiring new additions to the team.
On the one hand, it can be quite exciting to sort through resumes and meet people who show dedication and desire to enter the company. On the other hand, the interview part can be quite challenging and overwhelming at times. We all want to know the best addition to our team, but we also know how complicated and time-consuming this whole process can be.
While there are many aspects to job interviews, let’s focus on one key one: how to recognize the perfect candidate during the interview process. But first, let’s take a step back and look at the whole picture.
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The hiring process is a sure sign that our company has taken off
At first glance, the recruitment process can seem quite scary and intimidating. Questions like, “Will I be able to find a suitable candidate?” or “Will I succeed in representing the company in the best possible way?” they are not unfamiliar to anyone who has initiated an interview at some point in their career.
Many companies prefer to leave this work entirely to HR teams, while some CEOs insist on being involved firsthand. In any case, carrying out a recruitment process simply means that your company is growing and developing, which, of course, leads to a greater need to add additional professionals to the team.
Even if an employee has decided to leave and you have to find a replacement, it could also be seen as an opportunity to find an even better candidate for the specific job. Any business owner knows that a key characteristic of a successful business is that its employees enjoy what they do for a living.
However, the interviews may be far from the smooth path we expected. Communicating with people, in general, requires a lot of people skills. When we interview someone for a job at our company, that requirement suddenly doubles.
From sorting through applications from different candidates to the actual process of inviting them to a meeting, an interview can be quite an overwhelming experience, especially if you don’t see the right candidate.
But there’s always a silver lining: the right candidate will actually come out in front of the interviewer. It is then essential that the HR/CEO adequately represents the company, describes the role in detail, and communicates with the candidate in a way that leaves both parties satisfied and eager to continue at the end of the conversation.
Fortunately, the best candidates often show telltale signs during the interview that they are the right choice for the position in question. Let’s talk about six.
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1. They seem passionate about their future career development
A good candidate is someone who is willing to perform excellently in exchange for a good benefit and the opportunity to move up the career ladder. The best candidate, on top of all of this, would be genuinely passionate about taking their career to the next level. If you’re interviewing someone who expresses a desire and willingness to develop and grow (and chooses to do so at your company), you’ve probably met a potentially excellent candidate who would likely show proactivity.
2. They express interest in your company’s history and mission
As we all know, an interview is a two-way street. HR asks all the necessary questions to better understand the character and experience of the candidate. It would be just as productive if the candidate did as well. Asking questions about the company or showing knowledge of the topic through research is a great sign that the candidate is serious about hiring.
3. They show an interest in topics unrelated to work matters
If a candidate has a strong presence in devoting their free time to hobbies, this is a sign that they will likely handle the pressure induced by work in the right way. Mental health is crucial to anyone’s wellbeing in and out of work and having hobbies is a great way to switch off.
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4. They seem to have a plan ready to improve the work process
When during an interview both parties discuss some of the job specifications, the interviewer usually asks for opinions on a hypothetical situation. If the candidate offers smart solutions and fruitful ideas, this can be a definite sign that they will quickly become a strong part of the office team.
5. Avoid clichés when answering questions
There are certain questions that are printed in any interview process. There are also certain responses that almost everyone chooses when communicating. This can be a sign of a lack of self-confidence or a superficial attitude towards work. On the other hand, if the candidate provides unique and interesting answers, this is usually a telltale sign that you are dealing with an honest and confident person.
6. They seem satisfied with who they are and the way they position themselves in society
Someone with a healthy mindset and self-confidence is certainly capable of delivering impeccable work and attitude in the office. Look for someone who knows who they are and where their values lie.
The interview process can be challenging until a perfect candidate comes along. These are usually the moments when the interviewer just knows they’ve found the addition to the team the company needs. By knowing well the people in front of us, all entrepreneurs can be sure not to miss the next star employee of their company.