I searched internet for a minute and found out that it is full of tips for interviewees. I believe interviewers needs to know few common sense related stuff so that they become wiser interviewers.
Before we begin, the most important question: Why should you take my tips?
Answer: Because most of my co-interviewers have complimented my interviewing skills with following words: “Boss, really nice interview”, “Hey man, you ask nice questions!”, “I’d like to accompany you in interviews, I would like to learn from you”, etc.
So, for those who are unfortunate and have not had / will not get a chance to be my co-interviewer; here are my tips for you:-
- A Smooth Take Off: Most (99.99%) of the interviewees (both fresher grads & experienced professionals) are nervous; some admit it, some don’t. Its your job to make them feel relaxed and cool and maybe even ‘chilled’. I repeat, its your job to do that. So start the interviewer with a good smile, or compliment about interviewee’s appearance, by asking him/her about his/her day so far, about his/her expectations from the interview etc. This must not last for more or less than first 4 minutes. This makes the candidate feel good about himself and his/her nervousness goes away. (S)he’s now all set to handle you with the best of his/her capabilities.
- The Resume matters: Understand that the interview is meant to have the interviewee show off his/her skills – not you. Most of the interviewers try to show (and scare) the interviewee by asking ‘the tough’ questions right at the start. That’s the most idiotic thing an interviewer can do. You know you are smart, don’t show it off. The best way to start questioning the interviewee is by picking up points from his/her resume. Its okay to expect an interviewee to know what he/she has written in the resume. I enjoy reading ‘smart resume’. I hate any resume that goes beyond 2 pages. Ask the person about his achievements, awards etc. Make him/her feel good about him/her self. All above two stages should take initial 10 minutes of the interview.
- The Technical Round: Now that you’ve set the stage for the candidate (and also for yourself), its time to pull the strings and make the candidate dance to your commands. Do I sound evil? Maybe, I do. But this is where the fun starts. Start asking technical questions related to the latest project he/she worked on. Try to guess if he/she really understands what his/her team did. This is completely your arena – pull the strings and see how the candidate dances. But remember: Don’t go bullish anywhere. Always give the candidate a choice. Question him/her on his answers. I believe you can tell whether you will hire the candidate in first 15 minutes of the interview. Don’t be biased though.
- Parting Slot: Even if you get completely bored; don’t show it on your face. Always pretend that you’re listening to the candidate with all the interest of your life. Offer the candidate freedom to ask any questions related to work/company etc. Most of the times, the candidate won’t have any question. So help him/her form questions to yourself and answer them in brief.
Overall, make it an interesting experience for the candidate. Ask the candidate to wait in the reception and wait for the HR personnel.
I hope you already knew this stuff. But it doesn’t hurt to implement it.
–The Big K–