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First Impressions as an Employer




First Impressions

First impressions are important, and how you come across can be as important as what you say.

  • Always do a one on one interview unless you can ensure that the candidates appearing for a group interview do not have an objection.

  • Always explain your Selection Process. Psychometric Testing, Multiple Levels of Interviews, Peer Interviews, Socialization Meetings with Existing Staff, Background Verification etc.

  • Be friendly and try to smile when you first meet the interviewer. Retain a pleasant, friendly disposition.

  • Maintain good eye contact.

  • Retain a confident posture and make an effort to refrain from fidgeting.

  • If you have a tendency to accelerate your speech pattern and fall over your words when nervous, take a deep breath and pause before giving a reply (the interviewer will never notice).

  • Make the interview comfortable and confident for both you and the candidate – you can relax when you have left the building!

  • Talk Less and Listen More!

  • Provide every possible opportunity for a candidate to express themselves.

  • Do not communicate your decision immediately – unless you are very clear, and you can. Then do so and wrap it up. Otherwise, tell them you are seeing other candidates and will get back.


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