Do candidates with the jitters perplex you? The fact is, interviewees need to be able to relax in order to represent their true personalities. It’s understood that all job interviews are stressful and that it takes a lot to relax for an interviewee, but it can be done. It begins with the interviewer’s approach.
In this article, we will outline some of the most important tips for helping interviewees relax when screening them for job openings at your company.
Choose a Good Location
You may have read the title above and are thinking about a job interview in a park or a coffee shop. That is not what we mean. Never interview your candidates in tiny meeting rooms, the company cafeteria or a dark office — which only serve to freak the candidate out. This will not send a strong impression of your company nor will it help them to relax.
Instead, reserve a large conference room ahead of time to ensure that you have a quiet and roomy space to enjoy. The room should also have some pictures of your campus or awards earned by the company. This will help make a good impression on the candidate.
Introduce the Company Right Away
An excellent way to ease the tension is to introduce the company right off the bat. Even though the strongest candidates will likely already know this information, it is still an excellent idea instead of turning right to the questions you have prepared for them. This is a non-confrontational method of beginning the interview that helps the candidate relax, take a breath, and move forward with the discussion.
Be Professional, Yet Approachable
Another important tip is to be professional, yet approachable. Employers can come across as cold and unapproachable when trying to be professional in an interview. This can send the wrong signals to candidates and even cause them to turn down job offers or offers for second and third interviews. Use your demeanor to impress candidates. This can be done by smiling upon being introduced and offering the candidate a glass of water and a comfortable chair.
Know the Candidate’s Resume
When an interviewer knows the candidate’s resume, he or she will be able to have more of a conversation with the interviewee. This, in turn, makes the candidate feel a little more relaxed during the interview. You do not need to grill the candidate from start to finish. Instead, help the candidate shine in the interview by focusing on their most recent accomplishments and by finding out what they have enjoyed most at their current job.
Get Rid of the Industry Jargon
If you want to confuse a candidate, or make them worry, then use industry jargon throughout an interview. If you want the candidate to relax and enjoy the process, as much as possible, do not use industry jargon. Even if it is part of your everyday vocabulary, make a point to use it as infrequently as possible.
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