5 Mistakes to Avoid When Interviewing Job Candidates

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Job interviews are a necessary process to determine if a candidate is a perfect fit in your company. Recruiters still conduct interviews even if a candidate has a perfect resume on recruitment sites like Jobstreet Malaysia.

However, not all interviews are equal. It’s not only the candidates making mistakes, but sometimes even interviewers do it too.

Here are some common interviewing mistakes that interviewers should always avoid:

Leaving candidates waiting

Just like how you expect candidates to arrive at an interview early or on time, it should be the same for interviewers too. Being late to an interview gives the impression that you don’t care about the candidate. You also shouldn’t leave a candidate by not replying emails.

You’re underprepared

Candidates come to interviews well prepared to give a good impression to you. Similar to arriving late to an interview, an underprepared interviewer makes others think that the company is disinterested and disorganised, ruining your employer branding. Take some time to get to know the candidate to avoid wasting time and resources.

 

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Asking inappropriate questions

It is important to be professional throughout the interview process. Stick to employment-related questions and avoid personal questions about religion, politics, and lifestyle as it may offend people. You may think it’s harmless, but it may even be illegal.

You overpromise

You may have found the perfect candidate and you really want to recruit him into your company, but you shouldn’t make false promises to attract them. Overpromising by sweetening an offer will eventually disappoint employees in the workplace.

You’re distracted by the excellent resume

On the rare occasion when you get a stellar candidate, it is crucial for you to remain unbiased and access the candidate as usual. Traits like dedication and motivation are more important when it comes to creating a healthy company culture, not a prestigious school or multiple awards on a resume. If you’re distracted by the resume and fail to identify the red flags, your company will suffer wasted time and resources.

Conclusion

Nobody is perfect, and it’s only human to make mistakes. No one expects you to nail at interviewing candidates all the time, but it’s crucial to learn from mistakes.

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