Interviewing Dos and Don’ts
Do: Focus on the candidate and make sure that you have read through their CV properly and have prepared appropriate questions specifically related to each individual candidate. In this social media age, most of us have a digital footprint, so take a quick look at a prospective candidate’s Facebook or LinkedIn profile – it might tell you more about the person behind the CV.
Do: Put them at ease! A simple smile and easy small talk about their journey can relax a nervous candidate and allow you a little bit more insight into the person. It will also demonstrate how well they can calm their nerves and can handle difficult or unnatural situations.
Do: Talk the candidate through the structure of the interview so they know what to expect. This will also help with the flow of the interview as it allows the candidate a chance to prepare their answers in advance.
Don’t : Be too quick to judge – quite often we already have a preconception of someone based on their CV, the places they have worked, qualifications (or lack of ). The job interview is giving the candidate a chance to demonstrate and outline their ability to do the role.
Don’t : Appear disinterested, in a hurry or turn up late leaving the candidate waiting. This is extremely off putting for a candidate and will give them the wrong impression about your company.
Don’t : Speak too much! Try as much as possible to make the interview a two-way conversation. Not enough employers understand that they should ‘sell’ their vacancy and company to the candidate – particularly those specialised or sought after – After all, you wouldn’t want your ideal employee going to work for your competitor …
Finally, clarify with the candidate what the next steps are along with timescales, when will you be in contact with them, and, if there is a next stage, what this will consist of.