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Interviewing Mistakes you Should Avoid

There are a million guides out there that tell the interviewee how to prepare, how to sit, how to answer questions and a lot of guidelines to ace an interview and get the job. What about the interviewer? Is it fair on the interviewer’s part to simply show up and fire off a few questions and place the responsibility of being prepared on the person who needs the job? Here are a few ways you can actually make the process a lot more fruitful for both you and the job seeker.

Not understanding the need

There are millions of people with the right qualification, the right amount of experience and the right motivation. There are, however, only a select few applicants who can actually fit in the role. That requires you to know exactly what you need in an applicant. So make sure you understand the job you are recruiting people for.

Being boring

If a candidate is losing his/her patience, you might instantly think that they are being insolent or worse, disrespectful. The next time that happens, think of the question you asked that brought out such a reaction. Stop asking questions like, ‘Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?’ or ‘Tell me about yourself.’ or ‘Why should I hire you?’. They are tried, tested, and rehearsed. They reveal nothing and you will come off as being boring.

Not explaining the job and the process

Many job seekers feel cheated after they sign up for a job. In spite of sending in a mail with the job description, what is told in the interview is what reaches them first. If you are not sure of the details, make sure to call the candidate back instead of coming up with something on the spot. That is both disrespectful and irresponsible.

Not spending enough time with the CV

Simply glancing at the CV as you droll off some random questions is not OK. Spend some time with it. Read it, ask questions from the CV. Most people put a lot of work into creating a striking CV, so spend a few minutes reading it. You are likely to have a copy well before the interview starts, so make sure you are familiar with the person’s CV.

The best interviews flow like a conversation between two professionals, not like an interrogation where one person asks questions and the other spits out practised answers. So make sure it is interactive and not one sided.

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