The Job Interview: Don’t Forget It’s a Two-way Street
A common misconception that many hiring managers have is that candidates are at their mercy during the interview process. Although it is the time where HR personnel are scrutinizing individuals so they can choose new employees from the cream of the crop, they need to remember that the job interview is a two way street. Therefore, you need to make sure your organization is always at its best.
Candidates Are Also Screening Employers
Many candidates are using the job interview to scrutinize potential employers. Professionals that are already employed can choose whether they want to stay with their current employer. Individuals who have skills that are in high demand have the option to be selective about their next employer. In other words, today’s job candidates are not as hard pressed as employers seem to think. Many, even those who are in-between jobs are using the job interview as a way of interviewing employers so they can make the best employment decision.
Prepare Candidates Before the Interview
When bringing new employees aboard, keep in mind that onboarding actually started for them during the interview. Before ending the interview with any potential employee, make sure they have a clear understanding of their job duties, the company’s mission, expectations and information on any resources that are available that can help to get them more acclimated with the job.
Marketing your organization is not done just to win over new customers. It is also done to help you attract more talent to your organization. When meeting with potential future employees, always go above and beyond prior to the job interview to treat each one with the utmost respect. Be courteous and address their concerns. Going the extra step to show candidates that your company cares about them can help to solidify your company as an employer of choice for job candidates and can also help to improve its value among consumers.
Keeping candidates informed of where they stand at all times during the interview process can also help to bolster your company’s image. Candidates that know whether or not they are still in the running for a position after they’ve interviewed for it can be very beneficial for both parties. The candidate can know whether they should move on and focus their efforts elsewhere and the employer keeps the candidate engaged so they recruit them for any future positions that may come up that are better suited to their skills.
The Interview Process Is Two-Fold
The job interview is not just so you can find the right candidate who fits the qualifications for the job. It is also so you can find a candidate that will also do the job. Recruiters and HR personnel can assess whether a particular candidate is qualified for a position using a variety of tools and processes prior to the actual interview. The interview is necessary for them see whether that candidate has the right personality, temperament and values for the position.
Recruiters would do well to develop a relationship with candidates they feel would be a good fit for the company. After all, these candidates represent them. Inform candidates of expectations, position requirements and the names and titles of their interviewers so they will be well prepared for their actual interview. Once individuals that recruiters have taken the time to groom appear before their interviewers, they can make a better impression because they are more prepared and comfortable. This will help to foster trust and respect between recruiters and management as well.
Although the interview process is a necessity, it doesn’t have to be filled with uncertainty, pitfalls and other obstacles that could trip candidates up and cause them to feel nervous. By putting candidates at ease beforehand so they can know what to expect, you can help them to put their best foot forward so that your company can make better hiring decisions. Interviewers are better able to assess the whole picture of what the candidate brings to the table instead of having to decipher between any nervousness and tension that may be present.
The amount of time and effort it takes your recruiters to prep candidates for their interviews with the company can help to shorten the amount of time it takes for you to find new employees. When grooming individuals for their interviews, try to avoid overwhelming them with too much information or you risk making them more nervous and anxious.
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