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INTERVIEWS / AUG. 14, 2013
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Terminating the Interview Early On Without Causing Offense

So you’re in the midst of a job interview and realized early on that this job seeker is not at all right for the position. Perhaps their personality doesn’t suit the role that you are hiring for, or their qualifications don’t quite match the requirements of the position. Whatever the reason, your first intention will be to wrap up the interview as quickly as possible, without causing offence to the interviewee. View these handy tips on how to diplomatically end an interview at an early stage...

During the interview

During the course of the interview you may have realized that the candidate before you is not right for the position available. Whether you realized from the offset or made the decision half way through, the last thing you want is to continue with the interview as initially planned, and waste both your own time and the time of the candidate.

The purpose of a job interview is for you to establish how you feel about a candidate and whether or not they are the right fit for the role. A job interview is also designed to help a job seeker gauge whether or not they feel they are the right person for the job, and the candidate may have also come to this conclusion early on.

However job interviews are costly events, costing time, money and effort to conduct. As a busy recruiter or hiring manager your intention is to reach a decision as quickly and efficiently as possible without wasting too much of your own or the company’s time.

Therefore learning how to terminate an interview early on is essential.

Use diplomacy

Remain diplomatic and professional throughout the interview. Do not allow yourself to demonstrate a disinterest in the candidate, or to give the impression that you are rushing them out of the building – this might be the candidate’s dream job and you could be about to shatter their dreams!

Minimize questions

The best way to approach such situations is to limit the number of questions you initially intended to ask. Without rushing through, ask the candidate a few basic questions, followed by one or two challenging ones.

Be polite

Thank the candidate for their time and inform them that a member of your HR team will be in touch from here. Keep the conversation neutral and do not disclose your decision.

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