There are only 10 of us right now and we are looking to hire 3 more positions. We’re now at the point where we need more process around finding, vetting, interviewing and deciding on candidates - not just “go interview them” and then discuss. What have other people instituted that has worked process-wise?
Think of the interview as the candidate's first day at work, with the only question that matters being this:
"What's your business plan for doing this job?"
To successfully answer that, the candidate must first demonstrate an understanding of the company's problems, challenges, and goals -- not an easy thing to do. But since you desperately want to make a great hire and get back to work, why don't you help the best candidate succeed? Two weeks before the interview, call up the candidate and say the following: