Recruiter Interview Tips
Having trouble breaking the ice with applicants? Try InterQ to make your next interview as easy as pie.
Clearly explain that InterQ isn’t an aptitude test – but a set of questions designed to break the ice. There are no right or wrong answers.
Help the applicant place their best foot forward. Play to their advantage by leading the discussions towards their strengths.
Act as a facilitator and guide the applicant with their answers to build trust and rapport. Make them feel comfortable to show who they really are.
It’s best to introduce InterQ after 10 minutes into the interview – especially after verifying key points of the resume and briefly going though their past work experience.
Before you start, clearly explain what InterQ is to the applicant. It’s a simple set of open ended questions that have no right or wrong answers. The applicant can answer them in anyway they want. Afterwards you and the applicant discuss the responses together. Emphasise that the questions aren’t designed to test aptitude, personality or any psychological behaviours. They are simply to break the ice during the interview.
If your HR department has a dedicated iPad, then you can use that device for testing applicants. Or alternatively, you can ask the applicant to download the app on their iOS device.
InterQ tests shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes. It’s best to leave the applicant alone in the interview room for those few minutes.
Choose the test that is closest to the job they are being interviewed for. It’s best to load up the correct test on the device before leaving the interview room.
After the applicant has finished the test, make sure the response sheet is emailed to you. You can do this through the test history screen.
The response sheet provides topics which you can discuss with the applicant. Remember to create an open environment where the applicant feels comfortable to share their thought process.
Your goal is to help them open up and show why they would be a good fit for the job and your company. So guide the discussions around their skills, help them reference their professional experience and draw on their industry knowledge.
Use good judgment in determining whether to use InterQ with the applicant. If the app doesn’t load up, or if there are no iOS devices, then verbally ask the InterQ questions. Discuss and explore the with the applicant as you would do using the response sheet.
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