4 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Interviewing Candidates

August 29th, 2019

No one wants to make a hiring mistake. According to Toronto recruiters, sometimes those mistakes are a result of common errors you are making when interviewing job candidates. The interview is your time to learn as much as you can about a candidate, get top talent to buy in, and find the right fit for your organization.

Avoid these common mistakes when interviewing job candidates to improve the quality of your hiring process:

1. You make them wait/rush the process


If you make candidates wait and don’t start your interview on time, you are not likely making a good first impression. They may feel unimportant. It’s also important not to rush an interview because you are running late. Give each candidate the same amount of time. They spend significant time preparing for the interview; don’t rush them through it. It will give them a bad impression. Start interviews on time and give each candidate ample time.

2. You talk too much

Yes, a job interview is a conversation, but it’s important for interviewers to let the candidate do the bulk of the talking. Ask questions and let the candidate take over the conversation so you can learn as much as possible about them. Your job is to assess how they answer questions, pay attention to their demeanor and body language, and identify if they are a top contender for the job.

3. You don’t take notes

Taking notes is a vital part of your job as an interviewer. This allows you to record important information about a candidate’s pros and cons so you can compare them to other candidates. It can be challenging to remember what a candidate said. Taking notes allows you to better assess which candidates make it to the next round of the hiring process.

4. You’re distracted and not paying careful attention

Hiring managers need to listen, avoid distractions, be present and engaged with the conversation. You can’t ask a question and then zone out or get distracted by your phone. You need to actively listen to the candidate so you can follow up and get the information you need about the candidate in order to determine if they are a fit. If you are not paying careful attention you risk making a hiring mistake. Or worse, you miss out on a star candidate.

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Amanda Cohen

Amanda Cohen

Over the course of 15 years, Amanda played an integral role in growing a production company from conception to an internationally recognized, award-winning company. Then, in 2017, looking for new ways and opportunities to utilize her innate people-skills, she seamlessly transitioned from advertising production to the world of executive recruitment. She is passionate about networking, communicating, and engaging with people. Amanda is recognized by her peers as a connector, and someone who is a loyal, strong team player. She takes immense pride in the vast professional network she has built, based on trust and respect.

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