Has anyone had to "interview" a potential new hire when you aren't the manager?
Posted 28 November 2007 - 02:51 PM
I don't know what this means. I know he wants to see if we think she will be a good fit with us...which is great, but can we know this from an hour meeting? Also, should just ask her personal questions about herself or should ask work related type things??
Has anyone had to do this??
Posted 28 November 2007 - 03:52 PM
Posted 28 November 2007 - 03:55 PM
This is an informal way of letting the potential new hire to see if she will be a good fit and vice versa.
I would not ask any personal questions. I would focus on her position and her past jobs.
Posted 28 November 2007 - 04:43 PM
As for what to ask, you cannot ask personal questions in an interview but if the person feels comfortable they often just offer up that information. You could probably say something along the lines of "did you have to drive far to get here today, the traffic has been bad lately..." that usually gets someone to open up about where they're from, why they moved where they did, if they have a family, etc.
Posted 28 November 2007 - 04:45 PM
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Posted 28 November 2007 - 05:47 PM
Usually, he will just give me a heads up that a candidate is coming in and after he's done interviewing them, he'll send them over to me.
I use it more as a chance for them to ask me questions about the work culture, environment, job requirements etc -- because I feel you can gain a lot of insight into their work ethic and personailty by seeing what questions they ask and what is important to them.
I always give my boss honest feedback, but it's usually little more than whether or not I think they will mesh well with our office culture and team environment.
Posted 28 November 2007 - 07:06 PM
Posted 28 November 2007 - 07:58 PM
Just enjoy it - try to get a feel for the type of person the candidate is. Do they make sense? Are the a thinker? Are they too narrow minded? Can you see working with this person everyday?
Posted 28 November 2007 - 09:55 PM
I think its good practice both for the company and the potential employee. for the company you don't want to go through the trouble of training someone to have them turnover in a month or two and the potential employee, you don't want to leave a job or turn down another offer, only to find out that you can't stand the people you have to work closely with everyday or that the job is just not for you.
Don't sweat it, just relax and be yourself, remember, she's the one being interviewed, she'll probably have a lot of questions for you.
Posted 28 November 2007 - 10:18 PM
| Originally Posted by AnnR |
I've definitely done this before, and like others have said - they've been pretty casual. Just ask her about past work-related experiences, what she liked/didn't like, etc. But don't make it a formal interview - just getting to know her work ethics and stuff like that, and if she'll be a good fit. I'd strongly suggest asking too many personal questions just to avoid potential HR issues!
Our department does group interviews. I loved mine when I was going through the hire process. It was really laid back and we were laughing and joking around the entire time. In fact, when I interviewed I wasn't really that interested in the job. But the group interview completely changed my perspective and I walked out of it really wanting the job.
We do the group interviews to mostly get a feel for how well the person will integrate into our group. But it's also an opportunity for us to get a feel for the person's background/experience to make sure they can "hit the ground running" in the job without needing a lot of hand-holding/training.
When I went to my group interview, I think they asked me maybe 2 questions pertaining to my background/experience. The rest of the time, we talked about art & photography, and the more we talked, the more the group humor came out. It lasted about an hour. Now that I sit in on the group interviews, I see how rare that is---- they usually last 20 minutes and are more awkward and "formal".
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