Interviewing potential job candidates can be as nerve-racking for the interviewer as it is for the interviewee. After all, you want to get the best infor-mation possible so that you can make the right hiring decision.

Kenneth Webster, president of AgJobsUSA, offers these suggestions when interviewing a prospective employee:

  • Ask questions that will make the candidate think on his/her feet.
  • Ask open-ended questions, not questions that simply elicit a "yes" or "no" answer.
  • Listen carefully to each response. Answers can reveal a lot about the applicant's character, motivation for wanting the job, attitude and energy.
  • Avoid giving clues that will answer questions you are about to ask.
  • Let the applicant do the talking. The more the applicant talks, the more he will reveal about himself.
    "Proper questions are important," says Webster. "Success or failure (of a hiring decision) is often determined by the questions that were or were not asked or answered during the interview process."

Be sure to take good notes about how the candidate responded so that you don't have to rely on your memory later.