Interview carefully. Standardize your interview questions so that each applicant is asked the same set of questions and keep good notes about the interview. Is the applicant prepared for the interview? Ask questions such as, “what do you know about this company”? If the applicant stumbles with answers, it will be obvious that they are unprepared. Ask about what it is the applicant has to offer for your business and look for specific qualities in their answers. Look for goals, remember that without goals of some kind in place, the applicant probably has no clear direction for success.
Does the applicant appear professional? First impressions really count, so if the applicant doesn’t present well, or is unable to dress the part, it’s a safe bet that they may not fit in with your team. Check references, by law it is okay to give out information if it is true and related to the job. Ask about the job the former employee is applying for, and only comment on his or her ability to perform those types of duties. Look to see if the applicant insist on bad-mouthing a former employer, listen politely and then gracefully end the interview.
There are many tips, tricks and methods that will aide you in making a good hiring decision and while these steps won’t guarantee you hire the right person for the job, they will prevent a lot of hiring mistakes.