How NOT to Conduct an Interview
Resumes and Cover Letters are important. But it’s at the interviews where most companies will make a decision on who to hire. An applicant has the opportunity to make or break their candidacy at the interview, and an employer has to decide after the interview who should fill the position. Some tips from Recruit Shop in a recent article provide some helpful ‘What not to do’ points.
So for the employer, it stands to reason that the interview has to be done properly in order to make the best hire. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. The following are some very common mistakes that occur at job interviews:
Common Interviewing Mistakes:
- Easy Questions – First and foremost, the internet has now made it easier than ever to prepare for job interviews. That means that the more common interview questions are now no longer as useful. Some, like “Tell Me About Yourself” still have their place, but you have to make sure you’re also integrating questions they may not have prepared for in order to ensure they’re not reciting what they already practiced.
- No Formal Analysis Strategy – You want to make sure you’re giving every candidate an equal opportunity to get the job. But sometimes emotions play a role. Some candidates are given better opportunities to shine when there is no formal way to analyse applicants in place. Not everything has to be fully objective, but there has to be some type of objectivity component, like set, mandatory questions and a panel analysis strategy.
- No Communication – Often more than one person interviews a candidate. But many times that candidate is asked the same questions with little to no communication between interviewers. You should do your best to have an interview strategy in place to make sure that you’re being as productive as possible in the interview, and finding out all of the information you need to know with no wasted time.
- Failure to Sell the Company – You also have to remember that you’re not doing the employees a favor by hiring them. They’re the ones doing you a favour by working for you. That means that you have to try to sell your company to them – make them want to work for you. Although many people will take a job when the opportunity arises, those that are excited to work for you will commit, and those that are not will continue their job search even after they’re hired.
You also have to do one very important thing: Pay attention to your own interviews. What went wrong? What went right? What could be done better? Continue to refine your interviews based on your experiences and you’ll be certain to find better candidates as a result.
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