Charleston Employers: There's a Better Way to Conduct Your Job Interviews

Job interviews are a process of give and take. If you're the person in your company in charge of hiring, you should prepare yourself just as much as the potential employee. The interviewer should make the necessary preparations and avoid missteps. When the candidate is applying for jobs in Charleston, here are some things you should avoid in the interview, courtesy of CBS Money Watch:

1. It's note 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 Halo/Horns Effect: this happens when a candidate makes an incredibly strong (halo) or lousy (horns) impression on you that instantly sways your judgment. 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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