Conducting an interview gets easier with practice and experience. However, candidates should never be aware that this may be your first time conducting an interview, and in order to mask this fact, you have to know how to perform well, represent your company positively, and get the best from your interviewee!
Knowing what you should do is relatively obvious; be professional, dress smartly, be welcoming, read the resume first and take notes throughout the interview. Knowing what you should avoid however is rather more difficult to spot. Below we have compiled the top 5 most commonly made interviewing mistakes made by recruiters…
A big mistake recruiters make is turning up late to interview a candidate. You may think this makes you look busy and important, but it shows a great deal of disrespect towards the interviewee who has most probably arrived extra early for the interview!
#2 Not reading the resume
Conducting an interview with no previous knowledge about the candidate is a rookie mistake interviewers must avoid! Take the time to read over every resume of the candidates you intend to interview and take notes on the resume to remind yourself to question certain aspects of it.
Just because you are the one sat in the interviewing seat, does not mean you should act any less professional than the candidate sat opposite you. In fact, because you are representing the company, you must ensure that you exude professionalism at all times, even if the candidate does not.
#4 Ignoring the candidate
Speaking on the phone, texting, walking out for a cigarette or simply taking notes whilst not even giving eye contact to the candidate will make them feel ignored and will also cause a negative atmosphere in the room. Your aim is to find out as much information about them as possible and this can only be achieved if your full focus and attention is on them.
#5 Judging a candidate on first impressions
Whilst your gut feeling and first impressions can help sway your decision, or even help you to filter down a long candidate list of suitable applicants, your initial judgment should never cloud the way you interview a candidate. You may get an immediate feeling that the candidate is perfect for the role within 10 seconds of meeting them, but you must be sure to still ask all the necessary questions and query points of their resume that are unclear.
Similarly, you may get a bad feeling from a candidate who has showed up late to the interview for example, but it is vital that this does not influence your interviewing techniques. Irrespective of your first impressions, be professional, ask all the questions you had planned to ask, and remain impartial until the end of the interview.