Hiring Interview Mistakes

27/08/2022

Simon Read - Financial Careers Ltd

Hiring Managers – Stop making these common interview mistakes

by Simon Read, Financial Careers Ltd

So we have managed to find you a great candidate you are excited about meeting, only for things to go horribly wrong at interview!

We try to ensure our candidates spend time preparing properly for an interview and follow the right advice on how to make a good first impression. However, it is equally important that the hiring manager prepares accordingly.

There are a number of common mistakes that many hiring managers make during the interview stage:

These typically include a lack of any time spent on preparation or allowing preconceived bias to creep into their decision-making.

There are several simple things you can do to improve the interview experience for both parties.

A typical job interview will see some pressure and probing applied to the candidate to convince the interviewer that they are right for the role. The hiring manager, or whoever is carrying out the interview, needs to be just as well prepared though as a bad interview experience could cost a company the best candidate if he or she isn’t engaged.

We always want our candidate to be leaving the interview excited about the position and the organisation and to have been successful in reaching the next stage. If you don’t want them back, we perhaps haven’t got it right.

Make sure you ask the right questions

The questions you ask in the interview should be structured to help you get to know as much as possible about the candidate and assess their suitability for the role.

You will want to cover relevant skills and experience, motivations, and drivers and find out their actual strengths and weaknesses.

You should try to prepare and include open-ended questions to allow the candidate the opportunity to provide more insight and should also give them time to ask any questions they might have.

There is a huge wealth of interview questions online that can be utilised and made specific for the role you are hiring, and you can then use a more standard approach with different candidates to get a truer comparison and assess key competencies as required.

You should also ensure you are listening carefully to the candidates’ responses and adjust the follow-up questions accordingly. If you are asking irrelevant questions, then it will look like you are either not interested or just poorly prepared. So, take the time to plan your questions in advance.

Lack of preparation

Many candidates will spend hours preparing for an important interview, so if a hiring manager turns up without even glancing at the CV it is not going to look good.

Without spending the time preparing your interview format and properly reviewing the candidate’s details, neither party are going to get the most out of the interview.

Allowing bias to creep in

Negative body language during the interview will affect the likelihood of the candidate accepting an offer or invite to a further meeting. Much of the way we communicate is non-verbal using body language. Do consider how you are sitting during the interview? For instance, try to avoid folding your arms and maintain eye contact if possible (which can be difficult on remote interviews!).  Also, try and make your tone of voice as engaging as possible, make the candidate feel welcome and put them at ease, that way you will be more likely to see them at their best.

Don’t forget to smile

Bias during the recruitment process can have a subconscious effect on hiring decisions with factors such as gender, age and other stereotypes playing a part. Avoiding this bias can help you hire the best candidate and will ensure you build a diverse team.

You should look to involve colleagues to help reduce the impact of individual bias, and utilise tools that strip away demographic information from the first stages of the recruitment process.

Let Us Help

The interview process is the most important part of any recruitment campaign, so it is vital you take the steps to deliver the best possible interview. We will be pleased to provide you with advice to help structure your interviews in the best way to achieve a positive result for all involved.

To contact Simon at Financial Careers Ltd, email him at simon@financialcareersltd.co.uk

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