Recruitment expert Shlomo Meisels’ last-minute interview tips to save the day

“Recruiters who approach interviewing with insight and strategy will be well-equipped to identify and secure the talent that will drive their organizations forward.”

Shlomo Meisels
CEO, SM Staffing
Last-minute interview tips by Shlomo Meisel


Interviewing can seem intimidating, especially for those new to recruiting. But it doesn’t need to be overwhelming at all!

If you know what you’re looking for, you can easily transform interviews into a solid conversion funnel for top talent. 

Wondering how to achieve this? 

Let’s explore 4 essential last-minute interview tips that will refine your approach and ensure you’re well-prepared to identify and attract the best candidates.

1. Always have the 3 C’s in mind– Character, culture, & career

  • Character

Check to see if you’re interviewing the right character for your business. Skills can be taught, but character is inherent.

Someone who is driven and passionate about success will go further than someone who lacks initiative but has a ton of experience.

According to a study by Leadership IQ, 89% of hiring failures are due to poor fit, highlighting the importance of character in the hiring process.

  • Culture

Culture is another crucial factor that determines whether the candidate would enrich your existing work environment. 

Having employees who share values and missions is essential to the company’s success. This is especially true if the employee is client-facing. 

You want your employees to represent you in the best way possible, and that majorly stems from culture. 

A strong cultural fit leads to increased job satisfaction, higher retention rates, and overall better performance.

Read more: Positive candidate experience & organizational culture: How to hire top talent & keep it?  

  • Career

Lastly, assess if the candidate possesses a career mindset. 

Are they someone who clocks in and out without putting in any real effort? Or are they someone who takes ownership of their role? 

Candidates who take pride in their work are more receptive to constructive criticism and continuous improvement.

2. Hire for potential

Another mistake I see recruiters and hiring managers make is hiring candidates for who they are right now and not what they will be. 

There is no such thing as a perfect employee – a major job interview tip we barely talk about. 

Focus on potential, not just experience. It is definitely better to hire someone with a promising skill set rather than someone with prior experience – if only you are looking at the bigger picture. 

If someone makes an error, see how they react and respond to making that mistake. If they genuinely want to fix it, rest assured you won’t have to worry about them repeating the mistake.

In such cases, training becomes worthwhile, even if that costs you some time and money.

3. Align candidates with the right roles

Fitting a candidate into a role that’s not right for them can lead to dissatisfaction and loss of trust. It’s almost like setting yourself up to lose the trust of your client as well as the candidate.

Instead, if you see an opportunity for an applicant within your company, even if they didn’t apply, let them know! 

Expert recruiters know how to spot a skill and place it where it is needed most.

Read more: Recruiters of the future: 4 ultimate recruitment skills to separate you from the pack by expert Sergej Zimpel

4. Prioritize positions based on needs

Every company has a different list of wants and needs, which is exactly why here’s one of the most crucial interview tips for you – prioritize positions based on the needs they fulfill. 

So, before you handpick the next best addition to your team, figure out what holes need patching first. 

This strategic approach ensures that the most critical roles are filled first, enabling the organization to function effectively and achieve its goals.

For example, a higher-level position can be more crucial for a company that is struggling with a sense of direction. 

However, if keeping numbers and facts in check, along with keen organization, is a significantly greater struggle for a business, the most important position to fill might be a secretary or bookkeeper. 

Effective interviewing is key to successful recruitment. Recruiters who approach this process with insight and strategy will be well-equipped to identify and secure the talent that will drive their organizations forward.


Shlomo Meisels

Shlomo Meisels is the CEO and founder of SM Staffing, a recruiting agency that services companies across the US. SM Staffing focuses on matching clients with candidates who are a fit not only on paper but also in terms of personality. Their culture-matching process results in a higher retention rate and a much happier and more productive work environment.


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