Despite popular misconceptions, when it comes to interviews the onus isn’t solely on the candidate to perform! You (the interviewer) need to ensure you’re putting on a good show too.
Therefore, we’ve assembled a list of things to keep in mind to ensure you’ll have a flawless interview experience with your next potential employee.
1. DO YOUR RESEARCH
You’d expect a candidate to look into your business, so shouldn’t you do the same for them? At the very least you should have read their resume, but checking out their LinkedIn profile can often help to give you a fuller picture of who they are.
2. AVOID SURPRISES
As an interviewer, you want to make sure your candidate will be at their best on the day. That means giving them full disclosure about what to expect i.e. informing them of the number of interviewers, who the interviewers are and the rough format the interview will follow.
3. DRESS THE PART
Ensure you’re looking sharp; think how shocked you’d be if a candidate turned up to an interview wearing shorts and thongs. Even if your company has a relaxed day-to-day dress code policy scrubbing up nicely means you’ll be taken seriously.
4. PUT THEM AT EASE
The more comfortable a candidate is, the better they’ll come across. Begin with small talk - introduce yourself, ask them if they found the place okay and offer them a drink - and remember to start with the easier questions before launching into the tougher ones.
5. MIRROR YOUR INTERVIEWEE
Another great way to make your interviewee feel more at home is to meet them on their level; meaning you should try to exhibit a similar amount of energy, conversational style, body language and overall mood as them. Keep it subtle though!
6. MAKE IT A CONVERSATION
Interviews tend to flow better when they work more like a discussion. Try to avoid sticking to a rigid interview strategy and listen to what your candidate is saying so you know when it’s appropriate to ask those spontaneous questions that dig a little deeper.
7. DON'T TAKE OVER
Some interviewers feel the need to talk a lot, but what you need to remember is that you only have a limited window to find out as much about a candidate as you can – so let them speak by asking as many open-ended questions as possible.
8. GIVE A GOOD PITCH
Candidates attend interviews for a number of reasons, not only because they’re eager to work for your company specifically. So, if during the chat you feel you’ve found the perfect fit for your business put in a bit of hard graft and really try to sell them the role.
9. OUTLINE THE NEXT STEPS
End the interview with information about the next stages of the process, even if you’re not sure the candidate is the right fit. Let them know how they’ll be contacted by you and give them a time frame for when they can expect to hear something.
10. FOLLOW UP
We’ve all been to an interview before and then waited for a rejection that never came. Demonstrate professional courtesy by making it a priority to contact each candidate you interview, even if it’s just a quick email letting them know why they weren’t right for the role.
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