Executing a successful interview not only brings on new talent, but keeps your organization moving forward. Especially when dealing with hiring for a nonprofit, your interview questions should help pinpoint a candidate’s personal values, as well as their job abilities and worth ethic.
Here are 7 tips to keep in mind when carrying out your interviews:
- Match the interview process with each job opening. An interview isn’t one size fits all. While some jobs may require excel or writing tests, others may require personality-driven testing. Similarly, you must determine who interviews the job candidates based on experience and work relevance with the open job position.
- Don’t limit yourself to internal hiring. Although hiring from within may seem like a hassle-free time saver, you might be missing out on external candidates with fresh ideas and new skill-sets.
- Look for willingness to work in teams. You want someone who not only enjoys working in a team setting, but has also successfully worked with others in the past. Being able to effectively communicate with their co-workers will speed up productivity.
- Ask open-ended questions. When you ask an open-ended questions, you can analyze both how and what the job candidate answered. Were they eloquent and confident in their delivery? Did they clearly address each question, and correlate each answer back to the job requirements at hand?
- Determine whether the applicant will fit in with the workplace culture. Look for an individual with values and personality traits that will mesh with your current employees. This will help you maintain a positive work environment.
- Keep the conversation HR appropriate. Avoid topics related to religion, marriage, politics and anything else that your HR department has deemed off-limits. Focus all of your questions on the job position, company culture and your organization as a whole.
- Be consistent with every interview. Having the same people interview the job candidates, offering the same tests, and conducting each step in the same order will help you reach a more accurate hiring decision.