First Impressions as an Employer
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.