Be careful not to scare away great talent by appearing to be a team that no smart person would touch with a ten foot pole.
- Moving people around from room to room makes you look disorganized
- Having malfunctioning equipment and asking the same question repeatedly might make you look incompetent.
- Playing bad cop and acting rude (typing loudly) might make you appear to be difficult.
All these “smart interviewer” tricks could quickly lead to a candidate gradually putting less effort into the interview not because they’re giving up but because they think they’re finding out that your team isn’t the caliber they thought it was.
Trickery is like playing with fire, it’s dangerous business. Proceed at your own risk.