Here's something that many interviewers forget about - interviews are a two way street. When you are interviewing a candidate for a position, it is as much an interview for the candidate as it is an interview for you and your company. More than ever, job seekers are interested in learning about your culture, your company’s goals for the future, and ultimately why they should decide to work for you. If you want to hire the best candidates, you also have to sell them on your company. You want to make the interview an enjoyable experience for the candidate. Here are some tips to keep in mind while you are interviewing a candidate:
- Prepare – Know the candidate’s name and their work history. There is nothing worse than having to stare at someone’s resume to find their name as they are walking in the door. Being prepared will make the candidate feel welcome, and they will notice that you took time to prepare for the interview.
- Don’t intimidate them – There is no need to fire question after question and rebuttal every answer they give. You want the candidate to feel comfortable in the interview. Be yourself and reflect the company’s culture in the interview.
- Be honest – You want the candidate to be honest, so you should be honest about the job. Don’t promise a 40 hour work week if it is more common to work 60 hours a week. Don’t appear to be perfect, be honest about the challenges the company is facing and how you are addressing them. Candidates want to hear what the future is like and how they can help the company get there.
- Answer their questions – Again, candidates want to know about your culture and why you continue working for your company. Have examples of things you love about your organization, share examples of your culture and how it is supported by your leadership team.
- Thank them – A lot of times candidates are making an investment in you. They are using their hard earned vacation time to speak with you. Thank them for their time to come in to speak with you. Let them know next steps in your process and when they should expect to hear back from you.
And remember that, in this day and age, individuals share a lot of their experiences with their social network. I am sure you are used to seeing posts about a doctor’s appointment gone bad, a server that provided awful service, and the list could go on and on. You don’t want your candidates to share with their networks an awful interviewing experience with your company, as that could hurt your recruitment efforts and your company’s reputation. Remember that everyone is being reviewed and ranked – interviewing is a two way street, and needs to be seen that way!