Interviewing candidates is both an art and a science. There are some do’s and don’ts that can make the experience more worthwhile for all involved. 


As an interviewer… 

On paper, candidates’ experience could bring about false perceptions, and their experience may appear to be too much or too little for the role. It’s difficult to tell the whole story from a piece of paper.  The interview process gives hiring managers an opportunity to really get to know the candidate behind the piece of paper. Keep an open mind throughout the interview. There may be untapped potential.

Make sure to ask all necessary questions to gather the information that will lead you to an informed decision. Be sure to be respectful of the candidate’s time by preparing your interview questions in advance and making the time spent with them efficient. The candidate should do most of the talking and be sure to leave time in the interview for the candidate to ask questions. 

When it comes to asking about salary, be sure to remain compliant with legal requirements defined by the state you are hiring in. Clearly define the timing of your decision, target start date and expectations of being on site or ability to work remotely to the candidate.


As a candidate…

There can be a lot of pressure around interviewing, especially when you are very hopeful that you will be chosen for the role. Mental preparation is key! Take some time before your interview to remind yourself of why you applied in the first place. Take a deep breath and relax! When you’re centered you can put your best foot forward and impress the hiring manager.

Always arrive a little early to your interview. This leaves you ample time for the necessary mental preparation. You may feel more prepared, avoid any unexpected traffic, and being ready at the scheduled time leaves a positive impression.

Do your homework! In interviews, you may be asked if you have any questions for the interviewer. It is a good idea to have a few prepared to show interest and learn everything you want to know about the position. You want to know what you’re signing up for, and if you’re prepared for what’s ahead if the hiring manager decides to move forward to next steps.


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