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Job interviews are stressful for even the strongest candidates, but they can be equally stressful for employers. Whether you’re new to the interviewing process or you’ve never been comfortable speaking to prospective candidates, consider some of these tips to make the most of your next interview.

 

Make Your Expectations Clear

There are few things more frustrating to job seekers and employers than a vague job description. Job seekers don’t know whether or not they have the right qualifications for a job, and interviewers don’t know what to expect from interviewers. To eliminate any confusion, make your initial job description as clear as possible. The required skills and experience should be spelled out right from the beginning when you post the job, and they should be reiterated at the beginning of the interview.

 

Write Out Questions Before the Interview

When you sit down to interview a prospective candidate, you should have a list of questions ready to go. The majority of these questions should be about the experience and qualifications of your candidate as outlined by the job description that was posted.

 

Take Detailed Notes

As your candidate is answering questions and talking about their employment history, take detailed notes. Candidates sometimes exaggerate their accomplishments in interviews, and writing down a specific figure that they give you can help you determine if they were telling the truth. If they repeat the figure later on when asked, you can safely assume that they were telling the truth about what they are capable of on the job.

 

Ask Detailed Questions about Jobs that Lasted Less than Two Years

If your candidate has had at least one job that lasted less than two years, don’t hesitate to ask about it. It is possible to have a job for a year and leave on good terms with the employer, but if your candidate reports not getting along with their coworkers or seems to have problems in other areas, they could be a problem if you decide to hire them.

 

Relax

Finally, try to relax during your interview. Your candidate will likely be very nervous, and that could affect how they behave when you’re speaking with them. If you can calm yourself down and act friendly to the candidate, they’ll be more likely to loosen up and show a little more of the kind of person they really are.