I work with some great companies. But even great companies sometimes make mistakes when interviewing.
In the past year, I have been given feedback from candidates who have experienced these behaviours, and it has not made them feel good.
I am sharing them with you now so that you can avoid them:
- Rushing the interview process, especially at the end of the interview
How much time have you set aside in your diary to meet this highly skilled, talented individual? An hour? And does that include the time to get to the room, then out of the room at the end before your next meeting begins? Please allow some time in between meetings, or add on half an hour at the end of the interview to allow the candidate to ask their questions that they have prepared. I know it is tough when your schedule is tight, but I have heard the feedback from candidates who have felt rushed out the door, and it’s not pretty.
- Being unfriendly, cold or even aggressive.
You know that the interview is a 2-way sales process, right? I know you may know it, but do you believe it? Are you stuck in the old days when the interviewee was lucky to be there and you called the shots? Wake up to the fact that they are assessing you just as much as you are assessing them. Please, please, please make sure that you come across as welcoming, friendly and someone that they would want to work with. Your competitors will be making efforts to sell themselves, so you need to too.
- Not being prepared for the interview.
When I get a call from my client asking me to re-send the CV over, just before the interview is about to start, then I worry for my candidate, client and me. Have you read the CV in advance and thought about what your questions will be? Have you decided what the potential deal-breakers could be with this candidate? Top candidates can tell if you have not prepared and it is such a waste of an opportunity if you don’t take just 15 minutes to gather your thoughts beforehand. I will have met with you or talked you through the person’s background over the phone, but you need to have a plan.
When you ask me to go to the market and spend weeks tapping talent on the shoulder, and I find those rare gems for you to meet – please, please make the most of it.