If you are looking for a typical post aimed at the recent graduate who needs tips on conducting the type of interview that will make the interviewer do the gangnam style; this is not it.
This post will instead focus on things that interviewers should never do.
Yup you read that correctly. Interviewers can be susceptible to mishaps too. After all, they are also humans (so I’m told) and as we all know, humans are talented at making all kinds of mistakes.
We are often told that an interview is a two-way process, so being the annoying, inquisitive child that questions why the sky is blue, I tend to create a mental analysis of a company when I am at an interview whilst the interviewer is analysing my credentials as a potential employee (it’s only fair!).
Interviews are the first connection between a candidate and the firm, so positive first impressions from the interviewer are as important as the impressions from a candidate. The main reason for this is that companies undertaking interviews are seeking someone to do work for them and generally, candidates often apply to more than one place, therefore companies need to stand out from the other organisations that the candidate has applied to.
So here is some advice to the interviewer from candidates around the world:
-Do not read a CV for the first time whilst the candidate is sitting opposite you. If you do, at least try not to mention the fact that you are viewing the CV for the first time, to the candidate.
-Do not go into the interview without knowing exactly what your company wants from the candidate; especially if the role is voluntary or only pays expenses. This can put off candidates from accepting a potential job offer as it raises suspicion about the kind of tasks the company will make the candidate do. Being overworked, especially when tasks have nothing to do with the role that was initially applied for, and not being paid for the extra work is akin to modern-day slavery.
-If you are going to pay the candidate; make sure you have a comprehensive understanding of what the company will pay the candidate. Whether the role is unpaid, commission only or set salary, candidates would like the facts to be transparent so that they can be sure they will get what they are entitled to.
I have mentioned 3 points but I am sure that there are probably a countless number of other “don’ts” for interviewers. Feel free to share your own points below.