5 Ways to Become a Better Interviewer

Draper Bowen

During an interview, most people become nervous. Interviewees spend a significant amount of time researching the company and preparing for questions that will be asked during the interview. The interviewer, like the interviewee, plays an important role. Their job is to weed out unsuitable candidates and choose the best ones. The interviewer should not be overly businesslike or cold, as this can be intimidating to the candidates. Here are five pointers to help you become a better interviewer.

1. Get Prepared
Preparation is the most effective way to become a great interviewer. What you need to do is tailor your questions to the job you’re applying for. It can be difficult, especially if you work for a company that requires you to conduct numerous interviews per week.

You should also go over the information provided by each candidate. It’s a good idea to go over their resume and cover letters.

2. Pose open-ended inquiries
It is critical to ask closed-ended questions, but you should also prepare some open-ended questions. In fact, asking questions that allow the candidate to provide examples is critical, as this will give you a good idea of the candidate’s capabilities. Apart from that, these questions will allow the candidate to demonstrate their experience and skills.

3. Prepare to deviate from the path
While preparation is essential, you should also be adaptable. For example, if you want to ask a candidate a specific question, you may not want to stick to your original questions list. However, you may do so as long as you believe it will assist you in making the best decision.

4. Create a welcoming environment
Conducting interviews is a difficult task. Even the most self-assured candidates may experience nerves. While it is the interviewee’s responsibility to impress you, you may want to make them feel at ease because this will allow them to perform better and you will learn a lot about their abilities. What you need to do is inform the candidates about the length of the interview and the type of questions that will be asked. Furthermore, it’s a good idea to make small talk with the candidates to make them feel more at ease.

5. Avoid asking inappropriate questions
Some questions may make the interviewee feel uneasy. While it is important to observe how the interviewee behaves under pressure, asking difficult questions is not.

Aside from that, if you intend to frighten the candidate during the interview, you may not get a sense of how much they can do. Furthermore, asking inappropriate questions is not a good idea.

For example, you should avoid asking questions about race, marital status, beliefs, age, or sexual orientation, to name a few.

So, there you have it: five tips to help you become a better interviewer.

I hope this was helpful.