The job interview is a two way street. The interviewer should be just as prepared and ready as the candidate is. Just as there are good steps to follow and potential mistakes to be made on the part of the interviewee, the interviewer should make the necessary preparations and avoid missteps as well. When the candidate is applying for jobs in San Francisco, here are some things you should avoid in the interview, courtesy of CBS Money Watch:
1. Dont talk too much: 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: The Halo/Horns Effect 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. Multiple interviews in a single day can take up a lot of time. 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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