“Does anybody really know what time it is,” Chicago croons. “Does anybody really care?”
Well, Chicago may jam out some emotionally heavy tunes, but they don’t hire. Hiring managers know what time it is…and they care! They also know that time waits for no one, especially when deciding which candidates to bring in for an interview.
It would be great to have the hours and money to interview every candidate who fits your job profile, but odds are, your situation lacks those delicacies. That’s why you set up screeners, skills tests and evaluations. After those steps, a set of phone interviews should help you get a feel for each remaining candidate.
- How much time you have
- The number of applicants to interview
- The maximum number of people you can bring into the office
Gather all the interviewers to establish a consistent set of questions. Everyone should be on the same page for every step of the process so communication flows often and effectively. Don’t forget to take as many detailed notes as possible.
As a group (or alone if it’s only you), compare notes, look at the tests and check the evaluations.
- Discuss each applicant’s strengths and weaknesses
- Express your opinions of each phone interview
- Decide who appears to be most qualified and who sounded enthusiastic during their phone interviews.
Come to a consensus about who should be interviewed, or if you’re alone, decide who fits your job profile (or at least who comes the closest to it). If you have the opportunity to interview everyone, try to take it. You probably won’t have this luxury though.
- The most enthusiastic candidates from phone interviews
- The most qualified applicants based on resumes, skills tests and evaluations.
You’ll hopefully have a few people that sit near the top of each category, but don’t fret if you don’t see any frontrunners. Consider bringing a few candidates in for the interview who excel in each category. Someone may recover a lack of experience with an eagerness to work hard and learn.
Have a handle on your timeframe and focus on your goal. Then, approach evaluations with an open mind and cool head. The job profile and pre-planned questions will guide you through the haze of hiring. You just need to keep your eyes and ears open for the best applicant. Hey, do a good job and you may even enjoy the interviews with your selected few.
Then, you may just be able to enjoy a nice Saturday in the park.