How to Ensure Your Candidate Has a Great Interview Experience

How to Ensure Your Candidate Has a Great Interview Experience
From Recruiter - October 3, 2016

Hiring managers often forget that the job interview is a two-way street: Not only is the hiring managerevaluating the candidate, but the candidate is also evaluating the hiring manager, their prospectiveteammates at the organization, and the companys culture. Its important, then, to make sure thateach candidatehas a smooth and professional experience when they visit your company.

Heres a checklist of things to do before, during, and after your meeting with acandidate to ensure they have a great interview experience:

1. Be Prepared

Research the candidate in advance. Of course, you should read their resume and prepare your questions, but you should also take a look at their LinkedIn profile and run a Google search to find blog posts or professional articles they may have published.

Also, be sure the candidate receives details about the meeting in advance. It doesnt matter whether the information comes from you, your recruiter, or the HR department. What matters is that the candidate knows whom theyll be meeting with and what they might need to bring with themselves. You should alsogive them an idea of what the schedule will be like and how long they should plan on being with you. Finally, be sure to include directions to your office.

2. Alert Your Team

Tell your team a candidate will be visiting, the role the candidate is interviewing for, and what message youre trying to get across. This way, everyone can help reinforce what youre saying if they meet the visitor casually.

3. Have a Disaster Plan in Place

Have a backup plan in case youre unavoidably detained and unable toreach the candidateahead of timeto postpone your appointment. Few things are worse to a prospective employee than arriving on time only to learn that the interview isnt going to happen. Deputize someones elseperhaps someone from theHR department or another manager whom you trustto hold the interview for you so that you can keep the process moving forward and, more importantly, avoid making the candidate feel as if their time and energy simply dont matter to you.

4. Be Focused

The interview is about you and the candidate getting to know each other. Avoid checking your email or taking phone calls during the conversation. If something comes up that does demand your attention, be sure the candidate understands its an unusual situation that you have no choice but to address.


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