By Sue Sodek
Whether in person or on Zoom, having a prepared list of questions for candidate ensures not only will you project a professional image, but also that you’ll gather great information which will help you make a good hiring decision. Structured questions ensure interviews yield in-depth information on how the candidate has behaved in the past, which in turn helps you predict how they will perform in the future. Also, asking the same list of questions of each candidate can help protect you in the event of a legal challenge, which while rare can be extremely costly and damaging to your reputation.
COVID note – if you are hosting in-person interviews, give the candidate a heads up on what to expect. An interview is already anxiety provoking, don’t make them wonder about their safety. Explain that you will be meeting with masks on initially, or if proof of vaccination may be required on hire due to the nature of the role. Set the standard and reassure the candidate that you value their safety (and your own) from the outset.