Conducting Job Interviews: a Primer for Baton Rouge Employers

A good job interview is a conversation from which both parties should leave feeling like they've made a connection. If you're interviewing to hire new employees for your company you should be just as prepared and ready as the candidate is. Just as there are good steps to follow and potential pitfalls to be made on the part of the interviewee, the interviewer should make the necessary preparations and avoid missteps as well. When the candidate is applying for jobs in Baton Rouge, here are some things you should avoid in the interview, courtesy of CBS Money Watch:

1. Don't make the interview about yourself: 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 Halo/Horns Effect: Sometimes a candidate makes an incredibly strong (halo) or lousy (horns) impression on you that instantly sways your judgment. Remember, however, that first impressions don’t make or break the candidate, so pay attention to their performance for the rest of the interview.

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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