How to Be a Good Interviewer? | jobdesk®

8/8/2020 9:35:30 AM
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<p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.295; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 8pt; text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Whether you&rsquo;re new at interviewing someone or maybe you&rsquo;ve been doing it for a while with a not-so-great track record, if interviewing someone is a skill you&rsquo;re looking for, then it's good news for you because it&rsquo;s not that difficult. Interviewers hold the authority of asking all the questions during an interview. So, you do have to keep a few key pointers in mind. With that being said, here are 10 key pointers on how you can be a good interviewer:</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.295; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 8pt; text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: bold; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">1. Always prepare beforehand&nbsp;</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.295; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 8pt; text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">During an interview you&rsquo;ll be asking all the questions and keeping notes on the prime candidates you find suitable for the position you&rsquo;re offering. But it&rsquo;s not just the candidates that need to prepare their answers. You&rsquo;ll also have to prepare a standard questionnaire on the fundamentals of what you&rsquo;re looking for in your candidates. The questions need to be precise and on topic. And you&rsquo;ll also have to interview them with a straight face. So, you should always prepare what to ask and what you&rsquo;re looking for beforehand.&nbsp;</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.295; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 8pt; text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: bold; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">2. Be sure about what you&rsquo;re looking for:</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.295; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 8pt; text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">The line between what you&rsquo;re looking for in your candidates and what a candidate can offer can often be quite blurry. So, it&rsquo;s always a good workout to know exactly what you&rsquo;re looking for. By having a clear image of your perfect candidate, you can also design your questions accordingly, making your overall experience much easier on both you and the candidate. And worst-case scenario, even if the candidates don&rsquo;t check all your boxes, you still have the option to compromise on the essentials and pick the candidate that comes closest.</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.295; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 8pt; text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: bold; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">3. Separate the essential and optional skills you&rsquo;re looking for</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.295; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 8pt; text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">It&rsquo;s always a good idea to separate the essential skills and the optional skills list ahead of time while preparing for your interview. By doing so you can avoid certain predicaments that often pop up during interviews. For instance, if two candidates both check all the essentials you can then make the final choice based on the optional list. This makes interviews a lot less stressful while also making the selection process a lot easier.</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.295; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 8pt; text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: bold; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">4. Ask follow-up questions</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.295; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 8pt; text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Just because you have to follow the questionnaire doesn&rsquo;t mean you can&rsquo;t ask questions outside it. A good interviewer always asks follow-up questions. This gives the candidates the confidence to express themselves while simultaneously painting a clearer picture of the candidate&rsquo;s attributes and abilities to the interviewer. Follow-up questions could also be asked to clarify something the interviewer doesn&rsquo;t understand or finds unorthodox.</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.295; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 8pt; text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: bold; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">5. Seeing the candidates in action:</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.295; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 8pt; text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">It&rsquo;s one thing to do something and a very different thing to do it perfectly. Candidates will always have long elaborate CVs and recommendations. But hiring someone without seeing their skills in action can only be considered a subpar process at best. That&rsquo;s why you should always ask candidates to show you what they can do. For example, if the position requires one to do a lot of analogies, you can give the candidates an article or a spreadsheet and ask them to summarize it for you. The good candidates will always mention the details in their summary while the average ones will only give you a brief description.&nbsp;</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.295; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 8pt; text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: bold; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">6. Make sure the candidate is relaxed:</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.295; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 8pt; text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Interviews are very stressful for the candidates since they&rsquo;re all fighting for the same seats. So it&rsquo;s very common for people to stress themselves out during the interview as well. Studies have proven that it is extremely difficult to perform even at an average level during stress. So a good interviewer will always try to calm the stressed out candidates down. A select few words of encouragement, maybe a little small talk before the real questions can often come off as very helpful for the candidates to perform up to their potential.</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.295; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 8pt; text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: bold; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">7. Don&rsquo;t ask silly questions</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.295; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 8pt; text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">The idea of follow up questions bring with it, a certain drawback that often occurs amongst many interviewers. That is to ask silly, disassociated questions that don&rsquo;t bring any valuable information to the table. This can range from asking random questions to asking mundane questions that have no value to the answers. These questions not only waste valuable time but also bring in confusion during the final selection process. So, these must be avoided, both in the questionnaire and the actual interview.</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.295; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 8pt; text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: bold; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">8. Work against bias</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.295; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 8pt; text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">As human beings we often let our emotions cloud our judgments. An interviewer may find a candidate very friendly or approachable. This may lead to clouding his judgment into selecting him as a top candidate even though he&rsquo;s probably mediocre at best. This should be avoided at all costs. It&rsquo;s the interviewer&rsquo;s job to find the prime candidate. The selection process has to be tedious and calculative. But that&rsquo;s exactly what he&rsquo;s paid to do.</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.295; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 8pt; text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: bold; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">9. Advertising</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.295; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 8pt; text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">The candidates need to know what kind of company you are representing. The company motto, the fundamentals of working there, etc. Similarly, it&rsquo;s also important that your candidates find interest in what your company is offering. So, advertising your company is a great way to help them understand what they&rsquo;re signing up for. A good interviewer will always show off the good aspects of his/her company. S/he won&rsquo;t downplay any jobs no matter how tedious the actual work is. It doesn&rsquo;t mean that you&rsquo;re hiding the demerits of the job. It should also be disclosed professionally and not overplayed so that the candidate doesn&rsquo;t feel misled.&nbsp;</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.295; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 8pt; text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: bold; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">10. The candidate is assessing you just as much as you are assessing them:</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.295; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 8pt; text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Some interviewers often act like they hold all the power in the interview when in truth, the candidate is free to choose or leave the interview as s/he sees fit. So, an interviewer should always be professional. It should always be noted that s/he is representing his/her company during the interviews. Therefore, he should always act unbiased and professional to the best of his ability.</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.295; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 8pt; text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: bold; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: underline; text-decoration-skip-ink: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Conclusion</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-be13fb2a-7fff-b8eb-9cb4-e7a676842bf4" style="font-size: 14pt;"></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.295; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 8pt; text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">These are some of the fundamentally important things to memorize if you&rsquo;re an interviewer. Whether you&rsquo;re new at interviewing or just trying to be better, it&rsquo;s always best to exercise these pointers for every interview you will take in the future.</span></p>
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