It’s normal for job candidates to be nervous during interviews. After all, they want to impress you. Their careers are in your hands.
You have the capability to offer them a job or tell them they aren’t the right candidate for the job.
To have the best interviews with candidates – whether that be a temp, an intern, or a contractor – you want them to feel comfortable, relaxed, and confident.
The following are quick tips to make your interview candidates more comfortable.
Don’t Keep the Conversation One-Sided
The point of the interview is to get to know your candidates outside the resume and job application. These materials will only tell you so much.
Instead of keeping the conversation one-sided and only having the candidate speak about themselves, offer information about yourself.
Tell them who you are, what your job role is, what you like most about your job, and anything else to make your candidate feel like they’re talking to a person, not a robot regurgitating questions from a list.
Avoid Rushing Your Interviews
Never rush the interview process. You may be behind because a candidate was late, or an interview went longer than expected.
But don’t dump that on your interviewee and rob them of valuable interviewing time. They need plenty of time to ease into the process.
Always start the interview with casual conversation to get them comfortable talking to you. Then, gradually transition into the interview questions.
You need to impress your candidates as much as they need to impress you. Don’t give candidates a bad impression of your company because you rushed the interview.
78% of job seekers would talk about their bad interview experience with friends and family. A smaller percent would post about it on social media or write a blog post about it.
How do you make candidates feel more comfortable during interviews? Do you have any tips or tricks?