|Important interviewing tips|
|Written by Phil Kemper|
|Tuesday, July 24 2012 10:17|
Location and environment are important in setting up interviews. Like a bad seat in a movie, sometimes it's possible for hiring managers to miss a positive candidate simply because the physical surroundings are uncomfortable. How can you have a more positive experience with a candidate in an interview? Here are a few pointers to ensure that the experience is a good one.
The interview process is about you asking questions and getting honest answers from your candidate. Sometimes these are hard questions to ask and to answer. People buzzing around not lend itself to a good dialog. The best place for an interview is in your own office, preferably with the door shut. If you work in a cubicle or if your office resembles London after the blitz, reserve a space in the conference room or ask a colleague if you can borrow their office.
2. Take care where you sit
3. Always sit face-to-face
If you use the conference room, have your candidate take a chair that is not directly opposite from you but at the corner of the table either to your right or left. This will promote more dialogue as well. Make sure your room is reserved to cut down on interruptions.
4. Do not take phone calls
To many of us, this sounds foolish. You'd be surprised how many hiring managers don't know this. Not only does taking phone calls give the wrong message to the candidate about the importance of the interview, it's too distracting for you. You'll lose your train of thought and the risk that the candidate will not come across well gets considerably higher.
5. Try to avoid having lunch the first time around
If you keep the environment as harmonious as possible during the interview, all your energy will be directed toward the ultimate goal: hiring the very best candidate.
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