Most interview advice available on the Internet focuses mainly on the candidates. Many interviewers feel that having a short conversation with a candidate about their skills and what the job has to offer is enough. In today’s competitive job market, this is not sufficient. Candidates need to come away from an interview feeling energized and enthusiastic about the opportunity. There are several subtle things an interviewer can do to create a sense of excitement.
- Keep the scheduled appointment. Regardless of any challenges that have occurred that day, keep the appointment. Remember that the candidate has been preparing and looking forward to this interview since it was scheduled. Be respectful of the interviewee’s time, the same way you wish that they are respectful of yours. Try not to keep candidates waiting past the scheduled interview time.
- Don’t let yourself be interrupted. Candidates are expected to be 100% present during the interview. Offer them the same courtesy. Turn off your cell phone. Tell your assistant that you are not to be disturbed. Your daily commitments should not allow you to drift away from the conversation.
- Remain Positive. Rather than telling the candidate all the horrible reasons the last person was unable to perform, focus on the positive aspects of the job. Even if past experiences have been less than perfect, focus on the potential and let the candidate convince you they will beat the odds.
- Wait to make an offer. While it might seem like a good idea at the time, you should not offer the candidate a job at the interview. You want them to know that you took the process very seriously and after careful consideration you feel they are the best person for the job.
- Follow up. Whether you want to hire this person or not it is very important to follow up to let them know the outcome of the interview. If they are not the right person, follow up is still important. Ssend them away with a positive impression of the company.
Be the best representative for your company when you are interviewing candidates. Your organization will develop a great reputation and candidates will be very interested in what you have to offer. Contact CompliStaff to talk about your hiring needs.