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How You Shouldn't Conduct Your Interview

The success of the job interview doesn’t always hinge upon the candidate; the process is a two-way street The interviewer should devote just as much time to prepare as the candidate. The interviewer also has steps to follow and mistakes to avoid. When the candidate is applying for jobs in Greenville, here are some things you should avoid doing, courtesy of CBS Money Watch:

1. Don’t talk too much: the primary focus of the interview should always be on the candidate. Talk too much, especially about yourself, and you will gather little usable information on your candidate.

2. Avoid the Halo/Horns Effect: this effect is when a candidate makes an incredibly strong (halo) or lousy (horns) near instantaneous impression on you that hastily sways your judgment. First impressions are rarely accurate, so pay attention to their performance for the rest of the interview.

3. Don’t conduct short interviews: Interviews eat up a lot of valuable time, so you may feel tempted to schedule them short for the sake of convenience. But it’s hard to make a sound judgment on a candidate when you didn’t get much time to assess him. The ideal time frame for an interview should be 45 minutes to an hour.

4. Don’t 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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