Do You Have Interview Intuition?

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  • 1. Employer & Recruiter Tip
    DO
    YOU
    HAVE
    INTERVIEW
    INTUITION?
    Cheryl Stein,
    Career Coach
  • 2. .
    1
    WHAT
    IS
    INTERVIEW INTUITION?
  • 3. 1. WHAT IS INTERVIEW INTUITION?
    • Whenever we interact with people, we are picking up on imperceptible messages that give us a feeling that isn’t necessarily based on fact
    • 4. We often look back at decisions that we’ve made and say, “I had a bad feeling about that person but
    I ignored it. If only I had listened to my instincts.” Or “I trusted my gut and the person worked out well.”
  • 5. .
    2
    CAN I USE
    INTUITION BEFORE
    THE INTERVIEW?
  • 6. 2. CAN I USE INTUITION BEFORE THE INTERVIEW?
    • Yes you can. Take the resume of the candidate and read it over. What is your gut telling you? Are you getting any intuitive sense from it?
    • 7. Record those thoughts and feelings. Check them against what you pick up on during the interview. Intuition may be useful in this way even before the person is in the room
  • .
    3
    USING INTUITION
    DURING THE
    INTERVIEW
  • 8. 3. USING INTUITION DURING THE INTERVIEW
    • Ask good questions, pay attention to body language, be an attentive listener, and try to detect what isn’t said but should be
    • 9. Don’t try to figure out what’s “right” or “not quite right” about a candidate immediately. Give yourself some time to get a feel for what it is about them that is tripping your alarm bells (or lighting up your positive senses)
    • 10. Know your trigger points. Is this coming from your or from them? Are you projecting your own baggage onto the candidate or is it them that’s giving off either positive or negative vibrations?
    • 11. Don’t dismiss your gut feelings just because they aren’t “scientific”
  • .
    4
    USING INTUITION
    AFTER THE
    INTERVIEW
  • 12. 4. USING INTUITION AFTER THE INTERVIEW
    • Go somewhere quiet to review your notes and general impressions
    • 13. Compare what you wrote about this candidate before the interview, based on your intuition
    • 14. Are you impressions consistent, or did the actual interview change your views?
    • 15. Is the candidate a better fit, or a worse one, now that you’ve had a chance to process your “sixth sense”
    • 16. Check with others who interviewed the candidate (if possible) to see if anyone shares your impressions
  • more on this topic:
    Do You Have Interview Intuition
    and Montreal coach Julie Cusmariu (usingyourintuition.com)
    more Employer/Recruiter/HR advice:
    http://hiring.monster.ca/hr/hr-best-practices.aspx
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