- July 30, 2020
- Posted by: user
- Category: Recruitment
From previous posts you will know why it is important to manage the whole recruitment process.
You have everything set – panel organised, reception prepped, room ready. The first 5 minutes in the interview are very important for both the candidate & panel. What next?
- Greet candidate with good handshake
- Introduce panel members
- Remember to smile
- Break the ice with a personal question – how was your weekend/day/nice out there, etc, rather than heading straight into the formal interview questions. Aim to connect with the candidate on a personal level, find some common ground or interest. Let this play out for a few minutes, ideally until the candidate is relaxed. Look for relaxed body language
- Then set out the structure of the interview, timing etc.
Why is this important?
Candidates who are relaxed & comfortable will be more likely to be open. You will see the real them rather than a manufactured persona. You are more likely to see any counter-productive behaviour.
Plus the candidate is more likely to have a positive impression of you & your organisation.