Whilst you are expected to have all the answers, as an employer or recruitment agency, you could be recruiting for several positions within one company and what with being on a deadline, there is little time to learn all the ‘ins and outs’ of each job and company profile! As unfortunate as it is, many interviewers have been left red faced during an interview when they cannot answer a question posed by the interviewee, or when it appears the interviewee is more knowledgeable than them.
Awkward moments recruiters have experienced:
#1 Not being able to answer questions about the role
#2 Not having the answers to questions regarding the recruiting company
#3 Realizing the candidate knows more about the industry than you do
#4 Realizing the candidate has more expertise and experience in the role than you
#5 Not having the informational resources to hand when interviewing, leaving many awkward silences throughout the interview
The trick to avoid this awkward moments is to brush up on your interviewing skills, research the role and the company you are recruiting on behalf of thoroughly, and to identify the skills and experience of the candidate beforehand.
Here are some useful tips on how to avoid falling victim to these unsavory awkward interview moments:
#1 Review each candidate’s resume and make notes to remind you of questions to ask and information you want to verify
#2 Research commonly asked interview questions and questioning strategies that you can employ
#3 Learn as much as you can about the role you are recruiting for
#4 If you are not an employee of the company you are recruiting for, then make it your priority to learn about the company, their business and their company culture
#5 Brush up on your knowledge about the industry to ensure you are one step ahead of the candidate