When we think of interviews, we often focus on the fact that the candidate being interviewed is the one needing preparation. However, it is important to remember that, just for the interviewee, the interviewer needs certain factors to be aligned in order to be able to conduct a successful job interview.
Here are 3 easy tips that will help you conduct better job interviews:
Make sure you are comfortable
Most of the time, interviewers are advised to make their candidate comfortable. Truth is, in order for the interview to go well, both the interviewer and interviewee should be comfortable. Before you prepare yourself to interview your candidates, make sure you pick the right environment. The noise around you might cause you to lose focus and stress you out. Choose a quiet room and eliminate anything that could make you nervous like your phone for example.
Also let other people at the office know when you are going to conduct interviews so you do not get interrupted. You can send out emails if necessary, to make sure everybody is aware of it.
Prepare your clothes in advance and make sure they are not too tight. You want to be able to breathe properly while conducting this interview.
The best way to avoid failure is preparation. Take the time to think about the best questions for this interview and write them down on a sheet of paper you will use throughout the interview. Have a list of qualifications and job responsibilities for the open position. Also make sure you prepare answers! The candidate will ask questions about the company culture, benefits and more. It is important to be able to provide clear answers.
Be interested in the candidate
Do not simply read the questions listed on your sheet of paper. Take the time to truly get to know your candidate. Do not monopolize the conversation during the interview. While the candidate needs information from you about the position and the company, it is also important that you ask about their hobbies and other things that will allow you to know them better.
Leave room for spontaneous questions and listen carefully. The more natural, the better it will be. While preparing questions and other information of an interview is important, do not rehearse so much that you appear robotic. Remember this is someone you will work with. It is important to get to know them.
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