Do you hold a bad Interview?
You would think as the interviewer; you could do no wrong. Are you having bad Interview? Unfortunately, if you are not on top of your game, you could very easily hire the wrong person, or let the right person slip through your fingers. A potential employee (especially a good one) is interviewing you as much as you are them. They want to know if the company will be fun to work for if the boss is going to be fair and if the environment is one of growth and acceptance or if they are better off finding something else.
The last thing you want to do is scare someone off who is perfect for the job because you are trying to play the ‘tough interviewer’. Of course, you also don’t want to be so lackadaisical that you accept anyone who walks through the door. It is important to remember that you need to be friendly, have good manners and that it is okay to enjoy the interview process. So, what can you do? You don’t have bad interview just need to follower proper processes
Interview potential candidates the right way by following this simple process:
- Take lots of notes on what they said and how they reacted. It will be difficult to remember everything for 3 hours or a day later when you are trying to make a decision.
- Let them answer. Interrupting can go both ways – if you never let the interviewee get out a complete answer, how do you know what they were going to say?
- Ask them questions that require full answers. Yes or no problems don’t help anyone. Unless of course, the question is “have you ever been arrested”.
- Use your gut. If it doesn’t feel right or it is too good to be true make sure to think hard before offering a job.
- Keep the interview short, but don’t take shortcuts. You want to make sure you have learned everything you can about the potential employee, but you also don’t need to keep them for hours.
- Smile! Trying to scare your interviewee does no one any good. Be friendly, and the interview process will be much more comfortable on both of you.
- Make quick judgments based on one answer or one reaction. You need to use everything you saw and heard to make a right decision
- Ask questions that lead the applicant to the answer you are looking for. For example, “You are
computer-savvy, aren’t you?”
- Make them wait. The worst thing you can do is attempt to assert your ‘power’ by making a candidate wait. Meet with them at the time you agreed upon!
- Let the Halo effect (the tendency to generalise one outstanding feature of a candidate as representative of success in) get you.
- Forget their name/say it wrong. It should be on their resume in front of you, so make sure you use it correctly!
After reading this article hope your interview skills will move from bad interview to good interview
What other tips can you share with business owners or H.R. departments looking to hire employees?
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