A lot of people know that the interview process can be a very stressful experience for the interviewee. However, a lot of people don’t take into consideration how hard it can be for the interviewer. Most people see the interviewer as having an antagonistic relationship with the interviewee. This isn’t the case. The interviewer wants the next guy to knock it out of the park. However, there are a lot of things that go into interviewing potential employees. Interviews have to be productive and you really have to get a feel for what kind of worker your potential employee is going to be. Here are some tips in order to get the most out of your job interviews.

1. Prepare for the Interview

The interviewee isn’t the only one that has to worry about preparation. Get a feel for your interviewee before they even sit at the table. Look through their resume. Don’t just wing it and ask a bunch of random questions and expect to get a good result. Ask very specific questions that have to do with the position that the interviewee is applying for. Why do you think you would be a good choice for this position? Ask questions about his or her past employment experience too. Why did you leave your other employer? These questions will give you a lot of insight into your interviewee.

2. Be Courteous

People perform better on job interviews when the interviewer is friendly and courteous. Don’t treat the interview like a police interrogation. People will close up and get nervous. A lot of interviewers think this is a great way to weed out the timid, it’s not. It’s an awful idea. Right from the get-go, you want the interviewee to know that you are on his side. If the interviewee is comfortable, he or she will perform better.

3. Allow the Interviewee to Ask You Questions

This is the time for the interviewee to get a feel for what kind of business you’re in and whether you are going to be a good employer. This can also determine whether he or she is actually interested in the position. If they don’t take the time to ask you a few questions, they probably aren’t that interested in working for your business, and they are just going through the motions.

Using these tips, you will hopefully be able to weed out all of the people that won’t be a good fit for your business. Interviews can be so mundane and repetitive, it’s important that you make every single one of them count.