Just like you judge candidates, they’re judging your company. Here are some things they don’t want to see.
Too often, a lack of care on the part of the hiring manager and other interviewers gives candidates the wrong idea. When candidates are sizing up a potential employer, here are some things that might make them say “Thanks, but no thanks” when they get offered a job:
- Interviewers who are late – and don’t apologize for it
- Personal questions that have nothing to with the job – for example, things about family like, age, religion, etc. (Ice-breakers are good idea, but some questions are too personal, and might give the impression of discrimination.)
- The hiring manager stopping the interview to deal with a workplace problem – emergencies happen, but interruptions during an interview should be very limited. If an interviewer anticipates being interrupted, letting the candidate know about the possibility beforehand can go a long way toward showing consideration for the person’s time.
- Discussions about the shortcomings of current or former employees in candidate’s potential position/department.
That may sound like common sense to HR pros, but busy supervisors make mistakes. HR should remind all people who conduct interviews about the right conduct, so that good recruits get a positive view of the company.
To read more about the red flags interviewees look out for, go here.