When it comes to employing new people for your business, it is a big deal. Job interviews are an important part of this process. After you’ve got a list of potential candidates, the next step is setting up interviews with the applicants. It’s important to make the most of this opportunity to select the best employees for your business.

Tips to help you through the interview process:

Screen the candidates

It takes a lot of time to interview every single person who applies for a position (and in some cases, there could be hundreds). You should screen the candidates before setting up interviews. A quick review of the CV will tell you which candidates are the most qualified. If you have a lot of candidates, you can save time by further narrowing the selection with phone interviews.

Always be prepared

Schedule for your convenience. Choose interview times that will not interfere with the operation of your business. For example, if you run a restaurant, you would not interview candidates during a service. At the same time, give the candidates several options for an interview time.

Have a list of interview questions ready. Don’t ask questions randomly, but consider what each answer tells you about the candidate. Use the same basic questions for each candidate, although you should be prepared to ask to follow up questions depending on the candidate’s response.

At the beginning

Most job applicants are nervous when they are called for an interview. You can make them feel more comfortable by starting the interview with non-threatening questions like “did you have any trouble finding us?” Once the candidate has relaxed, move into questions that require more effort on part of the interviewee.

You should observe the candidate. Does the person seem prepared for the interview? Is he or she dressed appropriately for your business environment? Can you imagine how the candidate will interact with your customers? Can you tell what type of person they are and if they would fit in with your company?

Take notes

It may seem obvious, but remembering what happened in each candidate’s interview can be difficult. Especially if you are interviewing a large number of candidates. You need notes to refer to when you make the final hiring decision.

Follow up.

Don’t leave your candidates sitting on the fence for too long. It’s likely that they are interviewing with multiple companies. The best candidates will probably receive other offers. Once you have selected the desired candidate for your open position, make the offer as quickly as you possibly can.