Week 2: Selection of Staff
So you have looked at the position description of what you need for the organisation, you have advertised the position and now you are ready to interview. How do you come up with the interview questions? Please watch the following which will provide you with some tips on some of the generic interview questions that you could ask and also if you are the one preparing for an interview how you might answer them.
Job Interview Tips | Job Interview Questions and Answers | 4.28 mins
If you are responsible for structuring an interview the following clip provides some tips on how to conduct a performance based interview.
Structuring the interview | 5.11 mins | https://www.lynda.com/Business-Skills-tutorials/Structuring-interview/429635/479664-4.html
In my previous role I chaired many interview panels, these consisted of anywhere between 2-4 people on the panel. I usually allowed around one hour for interviews depending on how many questions we had but generally speaking most interviews went for around forty-five minutes. This then allowed the panel fifteen minutes before the next interview to discuss the applicant and how the panel felt the interview went, what strengths did the applicant have and were there any challenges the applicant would have fulfilling this position. Some interviews I have been involved in had a rating system but most did not, it is really up to each organisation how they run their interviews. I provide the following as an example of how I went about structuring interviews, but please make your own judgments as to whether this would work for you or not.
If however, you are the one undertaking an interview rather than being on the panel, in preparing for an interview the following clip will introduce STAR as a technique for how you can provide examples when being interviewed to ensure you make an impact. STAR stands for Situation, Task, Activity and Result.
Preparing for interview | 4.25 mins | https://www.lynda.com/Business-Skills-tutorials/Preparing-interview/170778/421228-4.html
Please watch the following clip which provides a light hearted look at Chandler preparing and participating in an interview. As you watch, start to think about what Chandler could have done to improve his interview.
Friends | Chandler’s Job Interview | 4.29 mins
Controlling your nerves in an interview can be difficult but here are some great tips to help.
Interview Tips | Calm Your Nerves | watch first 3 mins
Making a job offer
When making a job offer make sure you have researched the industry standard for the position in regards to remuneration so that you have in your mind a range that can be negotiated with the successful applicant. Also be prepared for what a successful applicant may want to negotiate as part of their employment contract as I am sure they will have done their research as well. This can include things like relocation expenses, extra time off during the year, working from home, so be prepared to not only negotiate the salary but other components that may be more important to the successful applicant.
I have included the 2015 Salary & Trend Report by Agricultural Appointments in your reading list to give you an idea of what sort of information you can look at before making a job offer in the Agribusiness sector.
Now we look at the other side, as the successful applicant, you have just received the phone call that you got the job, now what do you do? Do you accept blindly whatever they are offering you or do you negotiate? Well essentially that will be up to you but if you want to negotiate then please watch the following video that can give you some tips on how to go about the negotiating conversation.
The Negotiation Conversation | 9.26 mins