It’s perfectly natural for even the most eligible candidates to feel nervous going into a job interview. But if a candidate feels the pressure, sometimes, they may not deliver to the best of their ability during the job interview.
Don’t lose the chance of catching those great candidates by turning the heat up too high. If you put your candidates at ease during the job interview, and give them a chance to put their best foot forward. Here’s how you do it:
1. Be hospitable
Welcome a candidate to the office as you would a guest to your home. You may offer them a cup of coffee or glass of water (they’re definitely going to need some after that commute to your office). Having them sit there and wait in silence will only make things feel tense, and this is even more true if your candidates are sitting with each other. So find ways to go away with that kind of atmosphere.
2. Mind your impression
Of course you want to seem professional and knowledgeable when you’re interviewing candidates. Remember, you’re not only representing yourself, you’re representing your organization.
Putting on a poker face is part of being professional, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be warm and engaging. If you come out as cold and impersonal, the interview can feel like an interrogation. Don’t forget that an interview is a two-way street: It’s not only important that you like them, but that the candidate likes you.
3. Tell them about yourself
Take the time to tell them about yourself. Who are you? Why are you the one conducting the interview? What role will you play in their life if they accept the position? Addressing these things at the beginning of the interview will definitely create a welcoming environment, as well as give the candidate a better insight of how your company is structured. And probably know how the position they applied for fits into the grand scheme of things. Mind you that knowing at least those things will give them some much-needed peace of mind.
4. Don’t bombard them
Interviews consume a lot of your time, but it doesn’t mean that you cheat your candidate out of the time they deserve. Try not to jump right into the questioning. Allow them some time to get comfortable before you start the real part of the interview. Talk about your company, its goals, and the things you liked most about their resume. Try to create an atmosphere where they feel less scrutinized and more understood.
In today’s candidate-driven job market, candidate experience is paramount, so make it a priority to make them comfortable. The top candidates won’t lack job opportunities. Making a good impression is every bit as much of a concern for employers as it is for candidates.