While a job interview can make many nervous, it’s the perfect opportunity for both the applicant and you to learn more about each other and determine whether they are the ideal candidates for the company. But just like there is a set of guidelines every applicant should know beforehand, the same applies to the interviewer. Here are five interview mistakes to avoid so that you make most of the interview.
1. Know their Info
Just like you expect the applicant to know a bit about the company and the position they are applying for, you should also know a small snippet of who they are. This happened to me during a job interview with a public relations agency. How did the interviewers choose to start the interview? By asking each other whom I was. Turns out neither one of them had read my resume nor the small bio I was required to submit, so they took time off the interview to read over my resume. Their lack of preparation made me wonder if this was a customary practice.
2. Don’t be overbearing
An applicant is already trying their best not to show their nervousness, so don’t add to the tension by appearing unapproachable. One of the best interviews I had was during college for an internship. The interviewer, and in my case, the editor, had a reassuring way about her that eased all the pent-up nerves I had. This gave me the chance to really show her what I could do for the newspaper. Don’t be afraid to put in some casualness into the interview because if done correctly can sometimes yield some great results.
3. Limit the unrelated work questions
It’s great to ask personal questions, but within reason. Here’s a rule of thumb you can use. Ask yourself whether the question you’re going to ask will give an insight as to how the applicant will interact with colleagues and perform at work. If not, then don’t ask it. Recently, I had a phone interview with an interviewer who randomly asked me whether I believed in horoscopes. I must admit it made me wonder whether I’d called the right office. By wanting to ask these questions, you risk the chance of losing really great candidates.
4. Don’t interrupt
This can be hard, especially if the applicant is rambling on and on about their life story. But for the most part, you want to listen attentively and allow them the opportunity to finish answering your question. Another bad experience I had on the phone interview I previously mentioned was the numerous interruptions. The interviewer would ask me a question and I would start to answer it, when all of a sudden they’d go and ask another one. It really made me lose interest in the job.
5. Manners matter!
One of the things some interviewers do is forget to properly greet the applicants at the beginning and say thank you at the end. It took a lot of time, energy, and preparation for the applicant to come to the interview. Make them feel like you appreciate their interest in your company. It will start the interview on the right foot and encourage the applicant to give it their all.