"You should know what you are looking for going into the interview," Pate explains. "Do you actually like this person? If they can get along with you, they can probably get along with everybody else. Ask yourself if they will fit in. Can they communicate well and does their experience match your needs?"
The interview is the time when you need to ask yourself these questions and evaluate the individual's personality. Assess their attitude toward people, their energy level and intelligence, if they have a coachable personality, and if they have a take-charge attitude. The interview is where the applicant will best present themselves, so if they are lacking in any way, trust that it will only get worse.
"An interview is like a first date," says Pate. "That is as good as it is going to get. If someone walks in not clean-shaven, their hair a mess and disheveled, that is the kind of employee you are going to get."
While it is important that you are impressed by the job candidate, you also want them to be happy with what you, the company and the position have to offer. Especially when it comes to hiring a qualified technician, you want them to desire the position as much as you want to hire them to fill it. Share the company's values and goals with them so they can decide if they are in line with their own.
"Make a good first impression," says Pate. "Your hiring process begins when the applicant walks in. That’s when your values and standards are on display."