When you hire a new employee you are ultimately making an investment in your company, making it a task that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Mike Munoz, senior vice president of sales and marketing for AmeriHealth New Jersey, offers these tips for managers in the midst of the (sometimes grueling) interview process:
1. First impressions carry heavy weight. Punctuality, taking pride in appearance and verbal communication in an interview are all good indicators of how a candidate will perform on the job.
2. Be clear on expectations. It’s critical to lay out all aspects of a role and what would be expected of a candidate. This can help avoid disappointment on both sides down the road.
3. Character counts (sometimes more than experience). A candidate who has a passion for their field of work and is eager to learn new things should be given as much consideration as one with a résumé packed with an impressive work history. Someone who is driven to succeed can be just as valuable as someone with experience.
4. Check references. It’s good practice and can sometimes be the deciding factor you need when choosing between two strong candidates.
5. Trust your instincts. If something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t. Intuition should be your compass throughout the interview process.
Published (and copyrighted) in South Jersey Biz, Volume 5, Issue 9 (September, 2015).
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