Make sure you aren’t turning good candidates off!
Experienced HR professionals will follow the following rules as a matter of course, but not every interviewer is as proficient, and they may not see the consequences of ignoring these three essential steps for every interview.
- Don’t waste time. Stay focused on the interview. Turn all phones to mute and put an ‘Interview in Progess’ sign on the door. This avoids distractions to the benefit of both you and the candidate. No one should leave the interview early or walk in late – this shows a lack of interest in the candidate and doesn’t reflect well on the company.
- Always follow up. Candidates may be weighing multiple job offers while your company is weighing candidates. They need to know where they stand so they can make their own important decisions. Automatic emails sent to rejected applicants are an easy way to take care of this without spending time carefully wording each email, or missing a candidate.
- Read the resume. This seemingly obvious step proves you are interested in the candidate and leads to more in-depth questions. If a candidate doesn’t feel you put any effort into finding out about their skills, they may in turn answer questions with less effort. Instead, make the candidate live up to the expectations of someone who is already familiar with their resume.
The common theme here is clear: show respect to those you interview and they will have a better experience, rate your company higher, and want to work there.
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