Common Interviewing Mistakes
1. First impressions
Be aware of your first impression. Make eye contact, shake the candidate’s hand,
introduce yourself and make sure you are in a comfortable, quiet environment. Explain to
the candidate what to expect.
2. Talking too much
The interviewer(s) should not talk more than 25% of the time.
Don’t tell the applicant what you want to hear. Make sure you are asking questions that
do not have an obvious answer.
4. Asking “what if” questions
Theoretical answers do not necessarily reflect follow through on the job. Past behavior is
the best predictor of future behavior. Don’t ask “How would you handle a difficult
parent?” Instead, ask “How have you handled a situation in the past in which someone
was being very difficult?”
5. The “competition error”
Comparing candidates solely in relation to other candidates is not effective, especially
since you are likely to compare the candidate to the candidate you just saw.
6. The “similar to me” error
Those like you are “good,” those unlike you aren’t.
7. Playing it safe
Hiring the adequate-but-safe candidate rather than a truly exceptional person who is
slightly offbeat can be a mistake.
8. The “halo” effect
One overriding trait can influence other areas and may cause you to overlook other
9. False assumptions and stereotyping
Watch for bias based on your past experience. Don’t make assumptions based on
physical appearance, organizations, etc.
10. Not being adequately prepared
Take time to look over the candidate’s resume and the job description. Think about
questions you might want to ask. Feel free to take notes during the interview.