When people apply for a job, they go above and beyond to make certain they leave a good impression. And when it comes to the job interview, the same attitude should prevail among the recruiters and HR personnel responsible for finding the best talent for the team.
Job candidates today are doing their homework before the interview, and they’ll be sizing up your company based on the impression your recruiters give them. One misstep by an HR person could send the most qualified applicants running for the exit.
The Don’ts of Recruiting
Here are some “don’ts” that you and your HR recruiters can follow to avoid common mistakes when interviewing potential employees:
- Don’t get “cute” with the questions. There’s nothing wrong with thinking outside the box when it comes to interview questions, but keep it reasonable. If you’re hiring for a marketing team, asking about favorite advertising campaigns is reasonable. But asking potential employees what type of dog they’d want to be if reincarnated is unprofessional and just creepy.
- Don’t come unprepared. Nothing puts off a potential candidate more than an unprepared job interviewer. Those seeking employment are researching your company before the interview; be sure your HR people are doing the same. Candidates will know if interviewers haven’t bothered to even scan their CV beforehand.
- Don’t go at them hard. You can conduct a thorough interview without subjecting the candidate to an inquisition. Smile, let your sense of humor come through, and lighten up! Remember that your interview is setting the tone of the office culture in the mind of the prospective hire you’re scraping over the coals.
- Don’t procrastinate in hiring. The best candidates go quickly. If you’re bogging them down in a lengthy vetting process before making a decision, you’ll likely find the one you finally decide on has already accepted a position with your competitor.
- Don’t be late. Potential job candidates need to be on time for an interview. This works both ways: you’re expected to be on time, as well. Candidates left waiting get the impression you aren’t responsive to an employee’s needs, and they will happily go with a competitor who starts a meeting on time.
It’s a Jungle Out There
Most assume a company is putting its best foot forward when it’s recruiting new employees. From the wording of the job description to the introductory smile, handshake and questions asked in the interview, the entire hiring process tells job seekers what type of company you’re running. Your HR people and recruiters are your company’s face in the pool of job seekers. Make certain they’re leaving the impression you want.
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