1. Assess impact and potential.
Don’t let first impressions blind you. Spend enough time with each candidate to really assess their curiosity, experience, and determination to succeed.
2. Don’t be afraid to define the results you want.
Candid conversations drive successful results. Don’t be afraid to define the quantifiable results that you need during the interview process. You’ll be able to quickly determine who’s up to the task and who’s not.
3. Be consistent with your questions—and stay on track.
Prepare your questions in advance and stick to them—with every interview. It’s easy to get off-track and run out of time if the conversation turns to topics other than the ones intended. You can follow the natural path of a conversation, but don’t let diversions keep you from learning what you need to know.