When people discuss performing better in interviews, they generally turn their attention to the interviewee. It’s widely recognized that being in front of a hiring manager is an anxiety-inducing experience, so people work to provide job seekers with helpful advice to assist them while they navigate their way through these sometimes tricky encounters.
But the interviewer also has a large role to play, especially since their job is to find the ideal candidate for a position. While hiring managers are often seen as the power player in the scenario, having the right skills makes it easier to connect with the applicants and truly determine who is the best fit.
To help you manage this side of the equation, here are some tips to help you brush up on your interview techniques.
Tip #1: Do Your Research
This tried-and-true piece of advice is generally directed at candidates, but it applies as much (if not more so) to the other side of the table as well. Understanding the position you are trying to fill will help you ask the right questions, and reviewing the job seeker’s application in advance will ensure you have an overview of what they have to offer before you sit down. It also makes sure you aren’t incidentally wasting time by unnecessarily rehashing information that you could have easily learned by reading their resume and cover letter.
Tip #2: Get Them Comfortable
The more at ease the candidate is, the easier it will be for you to get to know the real person you are meeting. So, don’t necessarily dive straight into a hard line of questioning the moment they sit in the chair. Instead, start with a formal introduction, ask if there is anything they need, and consider exchanging some small talk. Then, give them an overview of what the interview will be like by including an order of events. Not only will this make the proceedings go forward more comfortably, but it also makes sure you make the best impression possible as a representative of your company.
Tip #3: Focus on Open-Ended Questions
While an occasional “yes” or “no” question might be unavoidable, the bulk of your inquiries should be open-ended. This prompts the interviewee to provide a more thorough answer and naturally include details that may be otherwise missed. It also gives the candidate a chance to highlight their relevant skills and experiences and provide information that simply wouldn’t fit on their application documents. You’ll also find out more about how the job seeker thinks as you can ask questions about how they solve problems, learn on the job, and deal with challenging situations.
Tip #4: Reserve Your Judgment
Even though determining which candidate is the best fit is part of the hiring managers job, an early judgment can color your impression of the rest of the interview. Instead of letting an early misstep forge your entire opinion of the candidate, try to set these feelings aside and reserve any lasting assessments until the end. This will help you judge the whole experience more fairly and ensures you don’t miss out on top talent just because their nerves, in the beginning, led to a mistake.
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