Hello all, and thanks for taking a minute to read this....I'm struggling to get my interviewing times down from 60 minutes to 30 minutes for in person and phone, and my phone screening times down from 30 minutes to 10 minutes or less.
I've tried being more aggressive in controlling the interviews better (I'm overly nice and I allow a lot of wasted chit chat because I am sympathetic to those seeking employment - I'm working on finding a balance that is true to me yet keeps me moving forward, remembering I am not a counselor). Sometimes I'll let the interviewee know I have limited time and XX amount of questions to get thru.
I've also tried cutting down to just 5 questions, but then I feel like I don't even know the person at all when the Hiring Manager starts asking me questions and I can't answer them.
Does anyone have any ideas or best practices they are willing to share? I've reached out to a couple of friends in both Corporate and Agency, and they had a few suggestions (setting time limits, redirecting, having a script, explaining my role to the Candidate), and re-assured me I am not the only one who struggles with this...(thank goodness!)
I know from reading this blog for the past year now that there are a lot of briliant minds here...so I'm hoping for some more great ideas, and maybe we can help others who are dealing with these issues as well.
Maybe some suggestions on how to get the Candidates focused and staying on the question at hand, while still feeling like you have enough content to determine if the person can match your company and the job duties? Or are there some great screener questions you've found that get you basic info in a short amount of time? Do you have a polite but direct way of letting the Candidate know they haven't answered the question you asked, or a polite way of interrupting their long drawn out tangents?