Focus has always been on the candidate sitting in the hot seat, but what if we turn the table around? People forget that a candidate may have applied for the role, but work is yet to be done for them to really want it. With the competitive market and the power to attract talent becoming increasing harder to maintain, interviewers need to up their game too.
An employer needs to prove themselves as well and by not making the effort to carefully plan and execute the perfect interview, then candidates will look elsewhere. When speaking to our network, we discovered the following mishaps that occur time and time again:
The candidate was left waiting without being told as to why. When they finally sat down with the interviewer, they were asked basic questions which highlighted that their CV had not been read. Rather than asking questions that lead on from their documented experience, they were asked to answer questions like, ‘When did you graduate?’ and ‘What role are you in currently’.
An interviewer needs to be prepared for the individual and ask questions that are relevant to their personal experience that relates to the role that they are applying for. It is a waste of time to have a candidate sit there and recite their CV when it has been in the hands of the interviewer for some time leading up to this. The purpose of the interview is to get the know the individual on a personal as well as professional level to see if they are the right fit for the role and to reveal previous achievements and experiences that are relevant to the company’s own goals.
During the interview, the candidate may have covered their weakness or biggest achievement to date during another explanation on experience, but they are asked again for an example of this later in the interview. The interview should be a natural flowing conversation where questions are asked based on answers given, not read from a script.
Confused and Awkward
A candidate will undoubtedly be nervous in an interview and may have stayed awake all night composing answers to the tricky questions that lie ahead. An interviewer’s role is to put the candidate at ease and explain the point of the interview. Is this a formal chat about experience that could lead on to a trail day? If there is a 3-step process to hiring, then please explain this to the candidate so they know what is to come. A candidate should have complied their own questions regarding the role and the company. By not knowing the answer can leave the candidate put off and disgruntled as they have laid everything out on the table.
There are several things that could deter a potential candidate. They may have not got the right vibe from the office when they walked in or discovered that the role was in fact not right for them. Don’t let the reason a candidate does not want to pursue the opportunity further be that of the impression they received at the interview. Both candidate and company are on trial here, so both parties need to be equipped and ready.