If you’re an entrepreneur and you think that you can become successful in your startup all by your lonesome, you probably won’t find the success you’re hoping for. While you might play a large role in several aspects of your company, especially in the early stages, you most certainly cannot expect to do everything yourself. You will need people. And that’s where the interviewing skill can determine the future of your growth trajectory. 

As an entrepreneur, you will need to interview several candidates for any number of positions. So, how exactly do you go about doing that? It’s much more than just sitting in a room with another person and asking questions. Here are a few tips and tricks on the art of the interview.

Do Your Research

It’s 2019, almost every single person in the country has some sort of online presence. Do your due diligence in taking a few moments to look up your candidate. Search his or her Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn profiles. Not only will you get a sense of who this person is on a personal and professional level, it can allow you to create some early talking points or questions directly related to the position.

Bring an Interview Partner

Again, sticking with the theme of not working alone, why not treat the actual interview the same way? Bring in someone to interview the candidate along with you. This gives you an opportunity to see how the candidate reacts to multiple questions from more than one person. I’d recommend that you get someone from the department that the candidate would be working in; this would allow you to get some questions directly related to the department and the position.

Ask for a Solution

Problems will arise during any job, that’s just how work goes. What’s important is how an employee responds to these challenges, and how he or she overcomes them. This is why the interview process is so important. You don’t want to hire a new employee only to find out that they can’t problem solve or handle stress while they’re on the job. To avoid this, come up with real-world scenarios that the candidate would face and ask for a solution to the problem. You’ll learn a great deal from the response you receive.

That’s it. Those are some useful tips that you can use to make your next interview the best one yet.