To a certain degree, you’re going to find out how well someone communicates during their hiring interview(s).
But let’s see if we can go a bit further with this.
Adam is applying for the position of Office Manager. After he’s answered all of your interview questions, let Adam know you’d like him to meet a few of the staff.
“Adam, I’d like to take you around to meet some of the staff. But I want this to go beyond a simple ‘hello and nice to meet you.’ I want you to start a conversation with each person. You can choose the subject, but each conversation should be at least several minutes long. Ready to go?”
You can let your staff know ahead of time that you’ll be doing this or you can choose not to let them know. That’s up to you.
Take Adam to at least 2-3 people and see how it goes. If you’d like to see this done with more than 2-3, by all means, go for it.
A person’s ability to communicate is a key factor in how productive they are. How well they communicate will also influence how productive those around him are.
Those who communicate well, who communicate easily and effectively, should have little difficulty doing this with your staff.
If your applicant fumbles and stumbles during this exercise, it’s not a great sign.
You’ll want to observe how this goes from start to finish. You’ll likely know a good deal more about your applicant when you’re done.
As the law varies in each area, please check with an attorney to ensure you are applying these tips within the law.
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