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Big K’s Tips For Interviewers

By on Jul 22, 2008 | 6 comments

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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:-

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


  1. Mayur

    July 22, 2008

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    Hey, good enlightenment. You know when I appear for an interview, I hate the question “Tell me about yourself”. My shoot back is, its written in the resume, can you be more specific? Perhaps if you want to know more about my communication skills, I can give an extempore speech. So I never ask this question when I interview people (which is quite often)

    If I’m the decision maker, at the end of the interview I prefer to tell them if they stand a chance. What’s the point in saying we will get back to you?


  2. The Big K

    July 22, 2008

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    ha ha.

    I used to ask “Tell me about yourself” when I was a newbie interviewer. But once I interviewed a candidate who actually forgot who he was (he missed one line in his intro and couldn’t recollect remaining ones. I never asked that question again.

    Oh, I never tell the candidate anything about his/her performance or result. Its better left to the HR folks – they are good at conveying the bad news.

  3. kidakaka

    July 23, 2008

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    Sames here. Great tips Biggie!! I use the tell me about yourself to do also a quick scan of the resume. Next time ill try to be a better interviewer!

  4. The Big K

    July 23, 2008

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    Haha 🙂

    Its hilarious you know – people mug up “tell me about yourself” speech.

    Here’s another experience –

    I was interviewing a fresh graduate and we discussed about his name, which was quite an odd one. We chatted for about five minutes about his name and its meaning etc. Then my co-interviewer popped up the questions “Tell us about yourself” –

    And the guy began with –

    “Good Morning. My Name is … ”

    lol 😀

    Its like you type a command on console and files show up one after the other. 😀

  5. maverick

    July 23, 2008

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    When you start with the interview its always better to explain the candidate about the Job profile and job expectations.
    Joel Spolsky has written a nice article on Interviewing named “The Guerrilla Guide to Interviewing”

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