Slidell Employers: Do the Job Interview Right

As you interview folks to fill your open positions at your company, are you making the most of the job interview process? Too often it can be perfunctory; without taking the time and applying some of the principles below you can miss out on finding the best information from those applying to your company and seeking candidate is applying for jobs in Slidell. Here are some things you should avoid in the interview so you can really dig down and get the best people to grow your business, courtesy of CBS Money Watch:

1. It's not about you: 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 Good/Bad Effect: Don't let the first impression sway you too much. Some people can make an amazing first impression but then not be able to follow-through; others can have the opposite effect. Most people, however, won't do either, so don't, as they say, judge the book by its cover.

3. Don’t 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 it’s hard to make a sound judgment on a candidate when you didn’t get much time to assess him. The ideal time frame for an interview should be 45 minutes to an hour.

4. Don’t 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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