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The staffing industry can be complicated at times – don’t we know it!!

While a lot has changed since I conducted my first interview many moons ago, some things stay the same. No matter how much I attempt to prepare a candidate, those intangibles creep up and can kill the whole process!!! One of my pet peeves is that candidates should be on their best behavior from the minute they arrive at the building.

I’ve heard this joke so many times, but I laugh every time!!

Candidates interviewing for jobs face their own unique challenges.  And we, as recruiters, face a multitude of challenges as well!

According to a recent CareerBuilder Interview Mistake survey, hiring managers revealed that they still see certain interview mistakes regularly.  The most frequent interview mistakes reported were:

  • Answering a cell phone or texting during the interview (71%)
  • Dressing inappropriately (69%)
  • Appearing disinterested (69%)
  • Appearing arrogant (66%)
  • Speaking negatively about a current or previous employer (63%)
  • Chewing gum (59%)
  • Not providing specific answers (35%)
  • Not asking good questions (32%)

For us, as recruiters, no matter how experienced, we can always step up our game!  Learning should never end and even the most successful recruiters can constantly make improvements to their methods.

Good interviewing starts with a clear vision of the role you need to fill.  It also required having an awareness of how to influence the process in a constructive, stress-free way.  In essence, here are the golden rules to better interview outcomes:

  1. Understand what you’re looking for. Get clarity about the role and the questions you want to ask. Write down interview questions, using the job description.
  2. Curate questions that apply to all candidates. Use a consistent interview process for everyone. If you’re feeling frazzled planning your interview, create a structure where you use the same questions for every job candidate. Press candidates by asking follow-up questions about any unclear or open-ended responses.
  3. Treat yourself and applicants with kindness. Position yourself as the job-seeker’s ally in the room. Open the conversation with positive statements: I’m glad you’re here. Your resume was impressive. I’m looking forward to learning more.
  4. Share your concerns openly.Not sharing your concerns with the job seeker denies them the chance to respond.

The Takeaway: Be direct and honest with your candidates about your concerns. Avoid using negative language or jumping to conclusions. This approach can help you learn something new about the candidate’s problem-solving skills.

Happy job hunting to those searching for a job! And good luck to my fellow recruiters working with hiring managers to make the perfect match!!

Credits:, Dona DeZube, Jane Tulloch

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