Not again! You did the same mistake while interviewing
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” This quote by Benjamin Franklin clearly depicts as to how we as individuals need to do preparation for anything if we want to taste the flavour of success. One can achieve good results from almost anything by taking the preparation as an active ingredient. The same is applicable in interviews as well.
Interviewing is a serious job. Though a candidate has to spend unimaginable hours to crack the perfect interview, it is equally challenging for the interviewers too. Hence, we have listed down some good practices for interviewers to follow.
Ink down your research
Any good interview would call for a preparation from both the ends. A simple and quick research on the candidate’s profile before the interview would give the interviewer a boost of confidence. If you know the person sitting before you then it becomes easy for you to conduct the interview with much more assurance and it is easier for you to analyze the candidate’s answers. Look for the projects that they have done and ask them about their approach to the problem. This way you would get a fair idea of their problem-solving skills which is, by the way, a very important variable to consider.
Make your candidate comfortable
The sole purpose of the interview is to get the relevant and precise information from the candidate. Many interviewers don’t get this simple but crucial aspect of the interview. Knowingly or inadvertently, they let the interview seems like an interrogation chamber. What is the result? Candidates get nervous and eventually become hesitant to open up and yield required answers.
It is a well-known fact that being comfortable makes the candidate confident with an answer. But, how do you make them comfortable? It can be achieved by matching their energy level, mood and putting them on ease. Also, if you think it is required to stick around on one question and frame the subsequent question on it even if the candidate is not comfortable then you have to take U-turn from your set of questions and just try to move on with a different set of questions. You are there to interview the candidates, not scare and bully them.
Be a good listener
Though as simple as it may sound, the key is to conduct a perfect interview is to have good and precise listening skills. It is highly advisable to not just listen to the candidate’s words but also pay a detailed attention to the tone of the candidate. Interviewing is an art, and to excel in that it is required to have an eye for detail. All these tips would help you to know when to move onto a new topic and when the moment is to dig a little deeper with a follow-up question.
Pause and Play
Silence is a powerful tool for an interviewer. Giving pause after your candidate gives the answer would tempt your candidate to fill in the gap with information that he may be holding up. Your silence would create a slightly awkward situation for the candidate and to escape that the candidate would fill the silent gap with more information. Your candidate for certainly expand his response which eventually gives you a much wider and clearer view to his knowledge and skills. Let you candidate sweat a little and see how willingly they would come up with relevant information that they were perhaps not going to share.
Leave your ego at the door
Interviewer’s responsibility is to get as much information from the candidate. But on certain occasion interviewer would involve his ego in the whole scenario which in turn affects the quality of the interview. Thus, it becomes necessary to suspend the inflated feeling of pride so that it becomes easier for the interviewer to connect well with the candidate.
Originally published at aircto.com on October 12, 2016.