Step Three: Conduct Interviews
After shortlisting candidates by work-related skills and experience, your next steps would be to:
1. Schedule interviews with a few select candidates.
2. Develop a plan for the interview. Create a set of standard questions, plus write down anything from their resume you want them to clarify or elaborate on.
3. Interview in person or in a virtual format, such as video chat. Take notes and assess each candidate's responses.
4. Conduct a skill test only if it is necessary for the position.
At this point, you may or may not have found a suitable candidate. If you haven't, you will need to continue looking. If there is a clear choice, ask them for references to verify their information before making an offer. Contacting references can effectively limit negligent hiring and provide insight into an applicant's skills through a third-party source.
Applicants with Disabilities
If you are interviewing someone with a disability, you must provide reasonable accommodation, such as arranging wheelchair access or providing proper tools for the hearing impaired. In this case, questions about mental, physical, and emotional capabilities may be asked to conduct an interview, administer a test, or provide proper working conditions.
Applicant Background Checks and Drug Testing
If relevant to the job (for example, health care, child care, education workers, etc.), employers can perform background checks
on an individual's driving records, credit history, and criminal record. To conduct a background check you should have the applicant's approval, usually written consent, and also supply them with a copy of the results.
Be mindful of your state's laws as some regions allow for criminal history checks, while others prohibit hiring based on criminal history.
Like background checks, employers must also have the applicant's consent for drug testing and should conduct these tests with respect to an individual's privacy. To ensure you follow proper procedures, review the rules for drug and alcohol testing in your state.