Talent Balancing: Staffing Your Company for Long-Term Success

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CHAPTER 8
The Interview

Interviews are difficult for everyone involved. You may have hiring managers who have little time or do not know how to interview or you may have candidates who have not interviewed in a long time. The recruiter should be the focal point and must make sure that the candidate is treated as [special] and professionally. Even if the candidate is not hired, they should have had a positive experience. This will help give the company a positive and professional reputation. If the interview appears to be going badly, the recruiter should explore the situation and see if it can be saved. Sometimes just another interview will solve the problem.

Case Example 8–1: Saving a Bad Interview

The company wanted three people supporting three different areas but
did not have enough work for full-time. The recruiter found a great candi-
date who could handle all three areas and was a great people person. But
there was a problem, because the candidate was scared of interviewing. The
recruiter tried to coach the candidate before the fateful day, but the interview
was a disaster. The recruiter remembered that this candidate always did
better if he had a second interview. After numerous telephone calls, the com-
pany reluctantly agreed to bring him in again. The second interview went
great because the candidate felt more relaxed. He was hired and ended up
being one of their best and most productive employees
.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • Acknowledgments xvii
  • Chapter 1 - What Is Talent Balancing? 1
  • Chapter 2 - Basics of Successful Recruiting 35
  • Chapter 3 - The Fob Requisition 47
  • Chapter 4 - Managing the Hiring Managers 55
  • Chapter 5 - Job Descriptions and Salary Structures 65
  • Chapter 6 - The Search 75
  • Chapter 7 - Resumes 103
  • Chapter 8 - The Interview 115
  • Chapter 9 - The Job Offer 131
  • Chapter 10 - New Hires and Recruiting Metrics 151
  • Glossary of Terms 159
  • Index 165
  • About the Author 169
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