The unemployment rate in IT in the US is about 1%.
That means anyone that wants a job, already has one.
Furthermore, it means that most likely you’re interviewing passive job seekers.
These people already have a job, so for you to encourage them to leave their current employer, you have to be extraordinary too.
Below are some of the specific advice we’re offering to our clients before they talk to our proposed candidates:
1. Make sure your tech works ✓
(they will be judging you as much as you judge them)
Tech fail in an interview process can leave an applicant with a bad taste. Take a few minutes of your time to test your technology and equipment before starting the interview: microphone, camera, internet connection, link to the meeting.
2. Show up early ✓
If you’re late its another sign that they might not want this job.
An interview is basically a mutual exchange of questions and information, so if you want them to have a great first impression of you, please make sure to show as much punctuality and seriousness as possible.
3. Be prepared to answer candidates’ questions. ✓
Again, they are interviewing you as an employer too. So be prepared to answer any questions they may have to help them decide if this is the right fit for them as well.
What are the expectations of the person selected to fill this role? What are some of the perks of the job? What are their options for growth within the organization? How is performance evaluated? What’s the turnover rate? Why is this position available? These are just some examples of questions that you should be prepared to answer.
4. Be prepared for a counteroffer ✓
In this tight labor market candidates counteroffer all the time. If you’re not prepared in your budget or in the conversation to negotiate, you will be in a disadvantage.