Interview guides are a set of preconfigured questions that you can ask when interviewing candidates. Using interview guides ensures that hiring managers are asking the same questions so all candidates go through the same interview process. There are two different types of interview guides provided in every account.
In this article we will cover:
- What is an Impressions Interview?
- What is an Elements Interview?
- Starting an Interview
- Printing an Interview Guide
- Scoring an Interview
- How-To Video Links
- Additional Resources
What is an Impressions Interview
The Impressions interview is commonly referred to as a phone screen. This interview is often used to determine if a second interview is necessary. You can select the Impressions Interview as part of the Hiring Steps when opening a job.
What is an Elements Interview?
The Elements interview is more of a behavioral-based interview. This interview is often used after a phone screen to further assess if the candidate is the best fit for the position. You can select the Elements Interview as part of the Hiring Steps when opening a job.
Starting an Interview
After an Applicant has been advanced to Candidate, you can schedule an interview. Once the interview is scheduled, you can begin the interview by locating the candidate with whom you will be conducting the interview. There are a few ways to do this but the easiest method is by clicking the Hireology flask icon in the top, left corner of your hiring site. This will open the dashboard where you can view Upcoming Interviews. Click on the candidate's name to open the interview page.
Clicking the 'Start Interview' button will enable you to type candidate responses in the text boxes. On the left side of the page, you can toggle between Notepad and Resume. The Notepad section is for additional notes that you would like to add during or after an interview. Clicking 'Resume' will open the candidate's resume to reference as you're conducting the interview.
1. Click the Hireology flask icon.
2. Click on the candidate's name.
3. Click 'Start Interview'.
Tip: It's important to configure interview guides prior to conducting interviews. Once you start an interview, you cannot go back and edit the guide. However, you can skip a question. This tells the system to remove the question from scoring consideration. If you skip a question, we recommend skipping that question for all candidates to create consistency in your interview process.
Printing an Interview Guide
If you find it difficult to type while conducting an interview or prefer to handwrite responses, you can print an interview guide prior to conducting the interview. To do this, click 'Jobs' in the top, left corner of your hiring site, then click 'Candidates' to the right of the associated job title. Click the button for the interview guide you would like to print (e.g. Impressions Interview or Elements Interview). On the interview page, you'll see a green 'Print' button at the top, right of the interview scheduling feature. Click this button and you will be able to print the interview!
1. Click 'Jobs'.
2. Click 'Candidates'.
3. Click the interview button.
4. Click 'Print'.
Scoring an Interview
All interview guides include a mechanism to score each question. For in-person interviews, we suggest waiting until the interview has been completed and the candidate has left before scoring. You can score a candidate's response as Excellent, Good, Ok, or Poor based on how well you think they responded to the question.
After you have scored the interview, click the 'Finish & Score' button to generate the candidate's total interview score. Interview scores will indicate if the candidate is a Low Risk, Moderate Risk, or High Risk hire. You will also see a visual representation of where the candidate falls on the scoring spectrum.
1. Score each response.
2. Click 'Finish & Score'.
3. If applicable, confirm any skipped questions.
4. Note the overall score and risk category.
How-To Video Links
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