In today’s challenging hiring environment, qualified job candidates are sometimes difficult to find and difficult to hire.
Just because you have a candidate in a face-to-face interview situation doesn’t mean that “you hold the cards,” so to speak. They have just as much right to determine you aren’t a fit for them as you have a right to determine they aren’t a fit for you. As we mentioned in a previous blog post, the interview is a two-way street, so make sure you stay on your side of the road.
Part of doing that successfully is “painting the proper perception” during the interview.
Remember that some candidates are looking for reasons to NOT work for your company, as opposed to looking for reasons to work for it. A misstep on your part can help them make a decision you don’t want them to make.
With that in mind, below are three tips for “painting the proper perception” during a face-to-face interview:
#1—Avoid exaggerations or generalizations.
These can be perceived in an incorrect fashion, and you might not even be aware of it. Speak in specific, definable terms regarding the position, including about responsibilities, expectations, and other parameters.
#2—Think of the interview from the candidate’s point of view.
How would your questions sound to them? In other words, how would they perceive them? What possible misunderstandings or miscommunications could arise? It would be shortsighted to believe that thinking of these things isn’t your responsibility.
#3—Don’t end the interview without gauging their perception.
For certain, ask if they have any questions. Then ask about their thoughts at this stage of the process. Be sure there aren’t any misperceptions—about the position, the company, or anything else.
One of the goals of a successful interview is to ensure that the candidate’s perception of the position accurately matches the reality of the position. If that goal is not achieved, it increases the chances that the candidate won’t want to work for your company. And in today’s challenging job market, if you have a good candidate who could become a good (or even great) worker, you don’t want to let them get away!
Last year, Time Staffing won ClearlyRated’s Best of Staffing Client and Talent Awards for providing superior service to their clients and candidates. ClearlyRated's Best of Staffing Award is the only award in the United States and Canada that recognizes staffing agencies that have proven superior service and quality based entirely upon ratings provided by their clients and job candidates. Time Staffing received satisfaction scores of 9 out of 10 or 10 out of 10 from 75.4% of their placed talent, significantly higher than the industry’s average of 45%.
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