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Interview Going Badly? It Could Be the Interviewer


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The interviewer can help an organization to win or lose the ideal candidate for a position.

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Interview Going Badly? It Could Be the Interviewer

  1. 1. EXECUTIVE INSIGHTS - BLOG The interview is the most important piece of the job search puzzle. It’s an organization’s opportunity to get to know potential candidates and find the perfect professional for the position you want to fill. Likewise, it’s the candidate’s chance to determine whether or not the companyandroleis a goodmatchpersonally,professionallyandfinancially. From the hiring manager’s perspective, it’s crucial to choose the right interviewer when outlining the job search process for candidates. Picking the right person or people to conduct interviews can help you land the ideal candidate you’re seeking to help drive business and results. Likewise, a bad interviewer can scare off the best candidates, leaving you with a pool of less-than-ideal talent to fulfill your staffing needs. In choosing who will conduct interviews, be sure to find someone who has a positive outlook not onlyon the companybut also on life in general. You want someone who you can trust whose perceptions of the position align with the potential candidate’s direct supervisor. The interviewer should also be able to articulate the position and responsibilities accurately without over- or under-selling the job. From the candidate’s perspective, the interviewer is the first glimpse into the company’s culture. For manyindividuals, culture is supremetonumerousotherjobfactors, andthe wronginterviewercanmakea jobunappealingorturnoff candidates. In my experience in IT recruiting, I’ve seen a number of companies miss out on exceptional candidates and have seen many candidates walk awayfrom perfect opportunities because the interviewer was not the best choice to use as the “face” of the company. I coach myclients to carefullyand strategicallychoose who conducts interviews, especiallyfor manager and above positions, in order to ensureyou landthe candidateyouwant andneedwhocanassist you inreachingyourgoalsand objectives. Have you had an interviewgo badly because of the interviewer?Or are you a hiring manager faced with choosing who will conduct in- houseinterviews?We want to hearfrom you in the commentsbelow. Interview Going Badly? It Could Be the Interviewer by Justin Laliberte Managing Partner – Information Technology