On the employer side of the job interview, there is plenty of work to be done as well, in addition to just thinking up good questions to ask the candidate. There are good steps to make, and there are common errors to avoid. When the candidate is applying for jobs in Prescott, here are some things you should avoid in the interview, courtesy of CBS Money Watch:
1. Dont talk too much: the primary focus of the interview is on the candidate, so try not to waste valuable time dominating the conversation; otherwise you will come up with little usable information for your assessment.
2. Avoid the Halo/Horns Effect: this is when a candidate makes an incredibly strong (halo) or lousy (horns) impression on you that instantly sways your judgment. First impressions dont make or break the candidate, so pay attention to their performance for the rest of the interview.
3. Dont conduct short interviews: interviews take up time, and multiple interviews in a single day can be taxing. Brief interviews are more convenient, but its hard to make a sound judgment on a candidate when you didnt get much time to assess him. The ideal time frame for an interview should be 45 minutes to an hour.
4. Dont 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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