Much is written in the recruiting process about interview etiquette for candidates – dress appropriately, bring a fresh copy of your resume, be on time, have questions prepared, etc – the list goes on. But, what about the Interviewer or Employer?
Employers should be held to the same “Emily Post” standards as applicants! How many times are candidates kept waiting in the lobby only to be interviewed by someone who hasn’t even reviewed their resume yet? Or, the phone rings during the interview or they’re interrupted constantly making the interviewer clearly distracted? The interview is a time for the company to make an impression on a candidate, as well. The interviewer should be selling the candidate as much as they’re being sold. A candidate is like a guest in your home or a customer – whether you hire them or not. Candidates are members of our communities, consumers and even potential customers. In addition, they have taken time out of their day to consider employment with your company and deserve the respect of your attention and professionalism.
Think about the common guidelines for candidates and turn them around to apply to the employer:
- Dress professionally
- Be on time
- Be prepared
- Greet the interviewer
- Respond to interview questions
- Follow up
The next time you schedule an interview – roll out the red carpet and put your company’s best face forward.