If one of your responsibilities at work is hiring employees for a large business or corporation, you will probably end up spending very little time around anyone you end up hiring after they start working for the company, but if – on the other hand – you own a small business and are looking to hire a new employee or two, you will probably end up spending a great deal of time around whoever it is that you hire. While you will certainly not be looking for “new friends” through the interview process, it is always nice (considering the amount of time you will end up spending around the person you hire!) to hire someone who will not only do a great job for you, but who will be enjoyable to be around all the time as well.
When you are hoping to hire someone you will enjoy being around, the first step of the hiring process is the same as the hiring process any other time – narrowing down the applications to those you feel are most qualified; when you do this first, you will ensure that anyone you interview is (on paper, at least!) fully qualified for and capable of the duties required by the position itself.
When you are in the interview with each of these prospective employees, you will of course be asking the regular questions you would ask to assess who would be best for the job, but in addition to this, you should also try to be personable with each person you are interviewing; when you do this, you will be able to get a much better feel for who will be personable and easy to be around in return.
And once this new hire has started working for you – even if you felt in the interview that they were someone you would thoroughly enjoy being around – you may end up finding that you really do not enjoy being around this person at all; if this is the case, do not worry, however, as you will at least know that you hired someone who will do an excellent job, and that is by far the most important thing!