Tuesday, 14 May 2013

How Not to Behave at a Job Interview: A Guide for Employers

As a member of the long-term unemployed club I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve been told how to act at job interviews. I’ve read countless guides and have been given countless tips on how I should try and sell myself to companies.

But what a lot of people ten to forget is that the selling should be a two-way thing, that the company interviewing should be trying to sell themselves to you as well.

So with that in mind I’m now going to offer some tips on how companies should prepare themselves for interview.

1) Timekeeping: Always turn up on time. First impressions are everything, and it doesn’t look good if someone turns up for a job interview and finds that you’re not that and the premises are locked up!

2) Dress accordingly: By all means dress smartly, although smart/casual is sometimes acceptable, but don’t wear a tatty tee-shirt that still has a grease stain from the pizza you ate three days ago!

3) The greeting: Greet all of your candidates with a smile and a firm handshake. Never approach your candidate looking miserable, because if you look like you don’t want to be there then the candidate won’t want to be there with you!

And never approach your candidate scratching either your anus or your testicles!

4) Note taking: By all means take notes about the candidate in front of you, but please use a notepad! Don’t scribble all over the CV they’ve taken the trouble to prepare for you!

5) The setting: Make the candidate comfortable by holding the interview in your office. A slightly less formal setting, such as the company lounge is also acceptable. Don’t take them to the backyard of your premises where you’ve dumped all of your broken furniture!

These are just a few of the things you should do when trying to find your ideal candidate. Remember that while the person talking to you may be trying to secure their future it’s the future of your company that is at stake as well!

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