To keep hiring from stealing too much time from your boss's day, offer to interview promising candidates by phone before you set up an appointment.
With a few minutes on the phone, you can screen out candidates who obviously are poor fits, gain insight that won't come through on a résumé and reduce the time your boss must spend in the interview.
For example, you can ask:
"Why did you apply for this position?"
"What criteria will you use to decide whether you will accept your next job offer?"
"What motivates you and why?"
"Do you have any additional skills, knowledge areas or experience we should know about?"
In addition to noting candidates' answers, pay attention to how they treat you. A senior manager at a Texas technology company relies on admins to make such calls in part because he doesn't want to hire anyone who treats lower-level support staff like "dirt."
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