Interviews are your best opportunity to get to know a candidate and determine if they’re the right fit for the job. A positive interview experience can convince a talented person to join your team but a negative experience can tarnish your company’s reputation.
In this guide, recruiters, hiring managers and interviewers will learn what it takes to provide candidates with the best possible interview experience.
From the candidate’s perspective, interviews are a scary, anxiety-inducing experience. It’s in your company’s best interest to create a warm and welcoming environment so the people you meet with feel comfortable expressing who they are and what they’re capable of.
Providing positive interview experiences also keeps your best candidates interested. Only a desperate job seeker will want to proceed after a bad interview but talented people will move onto other opportunities. Top candidates likely have different employment options and won’t settle for a company that rubbed them the wrong way.
And with the emergence of Glassdoor, candidates can publicly review your company’s interview process. Positive reviews can keep your pipeline filled with great applicants while negative ones can deter people from applying.
Job interviews will have a lasting impact on how a candidate views your company. Even if you don’t end up hiring them, they can still become a customer, apply for future jobs and of course write an online review. Providing candidates with a positive interview experience is the right thing to do and good for business in a number of ways.
Your hiring process is moving forward. You found some great candidates, put them through phone screenings and other assessments and it’s now time for face-to-face interviews. It’s a big day for the candidate and you’re in charge of managing their experience. Follow these tips and your interviewee will feel like you were a nice host and your company is a great place to work:
You should want every candidate who comes in for an interview to blow your hiring team away. Set them for success so they can be the best version of themselves.
Your team is hiring and you’ve been asked to interview the top candidates. Your goal is to find the best person for the job but you also want to represent your company in a positive way. Follow these tips and your interviewee will feel like they had a great conversation with you:
Think of each candidate you interview as a potential future colleague. You’re going to end up working very closely with one of them so try to make a good first impression.
When it comes to interviewing candidates, a few friendly gestures go a long way. Remember that the best candidates have employment options so your company should strive to present itself as a fun and supportive place to work.
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