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Do you know how to create a comfortable interview environment?

by , 20 October 2014
Interviews can be nerve-wracking. For some people, nerves can take over to the point that they struggle to articulate themselves properly and you may end up losing out on a great candidate.

But if you build a comfortable interview environment, you can ease the applicant's nerves and get the most from the interview.

But how do you create a comfortable interview environment?

Here's what you need to do...

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Do the following to create a comfortable interview environment

Experts behind the Practical Guide to Human Resources Management advise you to do the following to build a comfortable interview environment:
  • Introduce yourself and shake hands with the applicant;
  • Smile and be friendly;
  • Maintain eye contact, use the correct body language and keep a friendly tone of voice. Remember, first impressions count. If the applicant feels comfortable, he'll open up, be more honest and provide invaluable information;
  • Once you settle down, explain the purpose of the interview. Explain to the applicant that you'll ask questions about his experience, training, background, interests, goals, values and ambitions;
  • Let the applicant know more about the position and your company; and
  • Listen, pay attention, don't judge and be genuinely interested in what the applicant has to say.
While these actions might seem small, they go a long way towards easing the applicant's nerves and getting him to open up. This way, the interview will be more fruitful.
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