The job interview is most certainly a two-way street. If you are the person in charge of hiring for your company you should be just as prepared for the interview as the job candidates are. Just as there are steps to follow and potential pitfalls to be made on the part of the interviewee, the interviewer should make the necessary preparations and avoid mistakes as well. When the candidate is applying for jobs in Lafayette, here are some things you should avoid in the interview, courtesy of CBS Money Watch:
1. Don't make it about yourself: remember that the primary focus of the interview is on the candidate. Talking too much, especially about yourself, will result in little useable information being gathered from the limited interview time frame.
2. Avoid the Halo/Horns Effect: this refers to when a candidate makes an incredibly strong (halo) or lousy (horns) impression on you that instantly sways your judgment. First impressions dont make or break the candidate, so pay attention to their performance for the rest of the interview.
3. Dont conduct short interviews: Interviews take up time. Multiple interviews in a single day can take up a lot of time. Brief interviews are more convenient, but its hard to make a sound judgment on a candidate when you didnt get much time to assess him. The ideal time frame for an interview should be 45 minutes to an hour.
4. Dont rate candidates against each other: Comparing candidates strengths and weaknesses against each other is tempting, but counter-productive. Grade each candidate on established criteria; not against each other.
By Kyle Wise
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