Interviewing Staff to your Midwifery Team
If your midwifery business has grasped its capability to expand and the workload started to become heavy, plus your revenue started to grow as you’ve planned from the beginning, hiring new staff is beneficial to you and your business.
Hiring employees within different aspects of your midwifery business will help your company run smoother and faster. New employees can also bring new ideas and perspectives to the table, helping your business remain competitive. Young minds are very innovative and competitive as well so hiring younger staff is likewise a good choice.
Possess good interviewing skill is an edge as a business owner. You will be able to meet the applicant firsthand and will immediately perceive the capabilities of the candidate and what they can contribute in your midwifery business. As a good interviewer, you must hold and maintain qualities like good communication skills, active listening skills, and interpersonal skills.
Below are the list of things you should consider when interviewing staff for your Midwifery Business.
1. Be prepared.
Being prepared is a way to set things up. As a midwife, we are taught to be prepared 24/7. It is also showing organization and professionalism as the interviewer. Make sure to scan the potential employee’s background and qualifications before starting the interview. Also, note to dress appropriately to set proper expectations with the applicant that you are there to examine his/her great potential and experiences associated with the position you’re looking for.
2. Make your Interviewee Comfortable
Creating rapport is one thing you need to master if you’re a business owner. Most of the time you’ll meet people with different stands in life and initiating a conversation is easy if you know how to establish rapport very well. It is your job as an interviewer to establish a connection and make your interviewee comfortable not just with you, but with your business as well. If they are comfortable talking to you then it is easier to know them better as they will show confidence while talking to you and presenting themselves.
3. Remain Straightforward
Avoiding unnecessary small talk can get you directed to your main goal which is to get to know your applicant’s suitability to the position. Make sure to create a list of questions that are designed for the role you are hiring for, such as questions relating to skills, job knowledge, and work history. You should also include behavioral and situational questions to give you a good idea of how the candidate handles challenging situations. Preparing a list will also ensure that you ask each candidate similar questions.
4. Customize an Interview Procedure
A disorganized interview can make you lose track of the interview and end up wasting your and the candidate’s time. The best way to avoid this is to set out a structure during your interview prep. For example, make the first part of the interview a brief introduction and description of the main goals of the position and what your company hopes to achieve, followed by the interview questions. Lastly, give the interviewee an opportunity to ask a few questions of their own.
5. Be Proactive
Being proactive can help you as an interviewer be more relaxed, prepared, and in control. Note that you need to show superiority to the candidate and avoid being intimidated. Always take note of the candidate’s, answer, behavior, and performance. Notetaking is essential in any interview. It will help you keep track of how each candidate performed and allow you to compare candidates once the interview stage is over. Be sure to clear your mind and focus on what the candidate says so that you can note any positive or negative attributes. You might also want to use a scorecard to assess the candidate’s answers effectively.
At the end of the day, you will need to decide and choose the best and most qualified person from all applicants. But that does not end there, you need to follow up with the references provided if that applicant performed well in his/her previous job. Integrity is a valuable skill in an employee because it indicates that they will perform to the best of their ability and act according to their principles.