Thursday, April 30, 2009

Tips For Interviewer Etiquette

After experiencing an exceptionally awful job interview on Tuesday, I thought I should share some tips on basic interviewing etiquette. With this current job market, the experts are full of advice for interviewees, but they've forgotten to give advice to those interviewing. Perhaps they think since there are so many people out of work, they have the right to act less than humane.

Unfortunately, the interview is also a time for the candidate to screen potential employers. If you are a QUALITY organization looking for QUALITY employees, perhaps you should pay heed to these guidelines:
  1. Give the candidate a warning to show up early to fill out an application, so they're not extending past their interview appointment.
  2. Offer a beverage upon arrival. Even though I would decline the offer, it is polite to offer something.
  3. Receptionists should refrain from lengthy personal phone conversations in the reception area. I didn't need to hear all those juicy details, even though it was mildly more entertaining than doodling while I waited.
  4. Don't make a candidate wait 40 minutes.
  5. When you do come out to lead them back, it is customary to at least fake a warm greeting, shake hands, make some light conversation.
  6. Don't treat a candidate like a war criminal that you need to interrogate. I'm a professional interviewing for a professional position at your organization. You should attempt to act professionally as well.
  7. Try working on your affect and facial expressions. It is customary to half-smile, nod, express understanding, feign interest, or a combination of these. It is unnerving to candidates when interviewers have a blank, expressionless and almost angry stare and demeanor. Yeah, why the hell would I want to work for YOU?
  8. Ask intelligent questions to encourage a discussion.
  9. When I ask you questions, please don't answer in a smart ass way. I didn't even have to ask them to describe their corporate culture - I could tell.
  10. After making me wait 40 minutes, the interview should last at least past 10 minutes.
  11. Don't short-change a candidate on parking validation.
I would be very surprised if I got a call back from this company, but if I did, I would be inclined to DECLINE.
P.S. Beware of job postings on Craigslist. No, it wasn't for a masseuse position! lol.

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