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Interviewing - How to find the "right" person

Interviewing is a learned skill and takes some practice. Give yourself the necessary preparation time to conduct the interview. Also, the actual interview is one of the last steps involved in the hiring process. Below are a few key preparation steps in finding the right person:15

Step 1: Once you’ve established the need to hire an employee, determine the job’s essential functions and key performance criteria.

Step 2: Write a job description for the position based on the established criteria. Does it include a clause specifying staff abstinence?

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Step 3: Determine the salary. Is it comparable and proportional with the salaries and responsibilities of other positions inside your agency, as well as similar positions in the marketplace?

Step 4: Decide where and how to find qualified applicants.

Step 5: Collect a fair amount of applications and resumes and select the most qualified for further consideration.

Step 6: Interview the most qualified candidates based on the job’s description and specifications. Of note: Step 6 also requires staff involvement.

See Resources for Mangers for sample interview questions.

Step 7: Check references. Conduct background checks as needed.

Staff in Recovery Program Policy – see TIP 46

Step 8: Hire the best candidate!

Using assessments and other profiling tools can be helpful in recruiting the right person for the job, as well as help insure a longer retention time. Today there are various tests available for evaluating behavior, attitudes and values.

See Resources for Managers to view a few examples.

Just what are the qualifications you need to look for? Click to the next page.



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