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Hate conducting interviews? Don't let it show or your perfect employee may walk out the door

by , 15 May 2014
When you have a company to run, the last thing you have time for is an interview. Sitting there for 30 minutes chatting about work experience and goals can be frustrating.

The danger here is your mood will affect your behaviour. And this could send your perfect candidate straight into the arms of another company.

If you're unfriendly, uninterested and unprofessional, you're going to make candidates feel as if the company has an unwelcoming environment. This may not be true, but it's how they may perceive it because of your behaviour.

Here's what you can do to ensure you don't scare off good candidates by behaving the wrong way...

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Here's how you should behave during a job interview

Even if you're frustrated at having to conduct an interview, you must still be friendly and polite to the job candidate. 
After all, you need to create a good rapport with the candidate. And according to the Practical Guide to Human Resources for Managers you can do this simply by:
- Introducing yourself and shaking hands;
- Smiling and being friendly; 
- Maintaining eye contact;
- Controlling your body language; and 
- Keeping the tone of your voice friendly.
This is proper interview etiquette and it's important because you must make the candidate feel at ease. Otherwise you're won't get the responses you want from them and they won't come back.
So that's how you start the interview, but how should you behave when asking and answering job interview question?
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Here's how to behave when asking and answering job interview questions

When you ask a candidate question, speak clearly and don't rush. Making the candidate ask you to repeat yourself will make them feel uncomfortable.  
When the candidate is answering, listen and show you're engaged in what they're saying. You can take notes, but never use your phone during an interview. 
If the candidate asks you questions, listen and then answer honestly. This is your chance to reassure any concerns they may have.
You have to make a good impression on the candidate the same way they have impress you. Follow this guide to make sure you do even if you don't want to be doing this interview.  

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