Employers: Here's six tips to improve your candidate interview skills

Posted by Julien Dupuche on 02/12/2016

A skilled interviewer who makes the candidate comfortable will gain valuable information about the person and present a positive image of their company, improving the odds of the best candidate being hired.

This list of six actions will help you improve your skills and make your next interview a more productive and positive experience for you and the candidate.


1. Be prepared.

 

Prepare for the interview by having a list of qualifications and job responsibilities for the open position. Be ready to answer questions about the company’s goals and employee benefits.


2. Make the candidate comfortable.

 

Make the candidate more comfortable by introducing them to the company staff or offering a glass of water or cup of coffee. These actions will help the candidate relax and provide a more accurate demonstration of their qualifications. If they seem shy, try to put them at ease and encourage conversation.

Make sure that they have everything they need for the interview - such as date, location and if they’ll be in a group interview. Wouldn’t you be nervous if you walked into an interview unaware there would be a bunch of other people there?


3. Be consistent with your questions.

 

Ask each candidate the same questions. This will allow for consistency in the interview process and a provide a basis to compare candidates. Ask one question at a time and use open-ended questions to encourage more input from the candidate. Do not ask leading or closed-end questions.
 

4. Learn about the candidate.

 

Review the candidate’s resume and cover letter prior to the interview. Learn something about them by checking social media accounts and professional sites such as LinkedIn.


5. Be conversational.

 

An interview is a mutual exchange of information. Make the process feel like a conversation. Break the ice by asking the candidate about hobbies or interests. That will help the candidate relax and encourage them to speak freely about their accomplishments and qualifications.


6. Be flexible.

 

If the conversation takes a turn off topic, go with it.  But do not let such a diversion change the total direction of the interview.
 

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Source: Entrepeneur.com


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