When entrepreneurs host interviews, they generally already know what they're looking for in a candidate. When asking questions, it's usually good to have an idea of the ideal answer, then judge the applicant based on their version. For instance, when asking why the interviewee left his or her last position, something like no opportunities for growth, moving away or wanting to tweak career paths might be acceptable - but hating the manager, being fired or wanting more benefits shouldn't be on that list.
However, what about when two candidates give great answers but you can only hire one of them? The entrepreneur has an important decision to make.
That being said, many Canadian business experts think that there are smaller factors that can set applicants apart that managers might not be immediately cognizant of. These elements can mean that one individual is better suited for the position than the other, so job leaders need to consider the following factors in order to give applicants the best chance possible.
All of us have little habits we can't help when we're nervous, from jiggling our foot to twiddling our thumbs. However, The Globe and Mail pointed out that if interviewees keep these in check, that can mean that they're self-aware and focused, so hiring managers should make a note of those who are cool and collected.
Of course small business owners are going to pay attention to the tone in which interviewees answer questions and how they carry themselves. That being said, if interviewers pay attention to the details, The Globe and Mail reported, this can set some people apart. For instance, it's relatively easy to tell if someone's "faking it" and making up answers - the candidates that honestly say that they don't know an answer to a given question can actually show the manager that they don't want to speak out of turn and will always be upfront.
Moreover, the newspaper noted that being sincere, smiling, looking put together and sitting with proper posture is very important.
Pay attention to clothing
Some hiring managers may quite relaxed - especially if they're at a startup with a very casual dress code. However, even if that's the case and jeans and T-shirts are the norm when at work, leaders should still look for people who show up well-groomed and in business casual, at the very least. CBS MoneyWatch recently cited a Classes and Careers survey that explained more than half of managers use clothing as a major deciding factor. The news source also said that many consider it a detriment if the applicant is exceedingly trendy.