Interviews are critical as they take your time and depending on the success of the interview, the results can have implications for years to come. Asking the wrong questions or even useless questions in an interview can be confusing for both parties and you might leave an hour later having not learned much. An interview is intended to gather insights about many different aspects of your candidate such as their problem solving abilities, their loyalty, insight into the way they think, but how do we get this information just from their answers and without them lying? The trick is to ask planned questions that are developed to reveal specific characteristics.
A successful interview occurs when not only the candidate is well prepared for their interview, but when you are as well! Structured interviews are twice as effective in predicting how well an employee will do for you. A structured interview, unlike a free-flowing interview requires that you do your planning, both on the candidate and the position, and create a structured plan for your interview process.
Like it or not, you’re eventually going to make a bad hire. Even if you do everything right in the hiring process, you’ll find that it still doesn’t work out perfectly. So instead of beating yourself up about it, find a way to gracefully undo the mistake.