Selecting the very best candidate is the most critical part of the recruiting process. No matter how good your potential candidates may seem on the paper, seeing them in person is your ultimate opportunity to determine if they have the perfect combination of knowledge, skills and experience you are looking for. Your requirements will vary depending on your industry and your vacant job position.
You can use a variety of candidate selection methods that best fit your hiring needs, like different types of auditions and testing (psychological tests, programming tasks, custom written assignments etc.).
Most common candidate selection method though is conducting interviews. Before making the final decision on the best candidate, this stage can on some occasions also include a background check of employees and/or their references.