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If you conduct hiring interviews, you’ll know the importance of uncovering truthful and useful information to make informed decisions.  There’s lots to know about conducting great interviews and this article will share 3 tips that can help you conduct better interviews when you can’t be in the same location as your interview-ee.

Prior to recent lock down challenges, the majority of interviews were conducted face to face, either in a purpose built interview room, or perhaps in a boardroom, an office or even a cafe. But if you need to resort to less personal methods such as Skype and Zoom and the like, it’s worth considering the tweaks you may need to make to get a better result.

Interviews can be challenging at the best of times for both the interviewer and the interviewee, let alone when we can’t meet the person, shout them a coffee or shake their hand. Not all interviewers are as confident and equipped as you might think and that is made even more difficult if you are interviewing via a computer screen.

Perceptive Interviewers should also consider the additional stress for the candidates. In one study it was reported that more than 90 percent of adults stress over one or more aspects of a job interview.

Interviewing is a skill and an art that takes practice, coupled with the right sort of training – and not just a once off lesson – If you conduct interviews, whether it’s daily, weekly or even occasionally, you should continue to brush up on your skills and awareness.

If we bring into the picture the topic of truth and deception in interviews things get interesting. Now, more than ever, hiring managers and recruiters cannot afford to make poor hiring decisions. Businesses have been smashed with the impact of COVID-19 and although many are laying off staff, some are adding to their teams. And, when the fog lifts, teams will need to be rebuilt stronger and better than ever.

Bad hires cost businesses time and money and right now you want to do everything in your power to get it right first time.

Depending on what study you read, we know that between 40-80% of people lie at some stage of the job application process. Many people think it is ‘necessary’ to lie because everyone else is doing it. And some applicants believe it it is acceptable to lie and they find a way to justify it in their mind and still hold their head high as an honest person.

People get to choose how honest they will be through the job application process, but as a skilled interviewer, you have the power to influence people to be more truthful. With the right tools and awareness you how to make it harder for someone to lie and easier for you to spot if they do.

Here are 3 quick tips to help you with ‘remote’ interviewing.

Tip #1 : Take extra time to break the ice before you jump into the interview.

Interviewing over a screen can feel really awkward to some people. If you want to get the best from someone who is already feeling uncomfortable, you, as the interviewer, need to work a bit harder at creating a safe and comfortable setting. Take the time to look for common ground in your initial discussions to help build rapport. People like people who are like them and connecting with commonalities can help.

Tip #2 : Be careful of your biases.

Now this is a tip that applies to every single interview, but the added dimension here is that you may be interviewing someone who is at their home and you may see into their world a whole lot more than you would if they came to your office for the interview. A messy room, noisy kids, someone swearing in the other room or interruptions by the cat, when you’re a dog person, can all impact on how you view that person.

Yes, it may give you some helpful insight, but remember your filters and biases can cause you to draw conclusions that are incorrect or unfair. Our biases happen without us even really understanding the impact they have, so even if you think ‘nah, I wouldn’t let that influence me’, think again, you probably do. and..

Tip #3 : Don’t feel the need to rush.

I tell people this about phone interviews as well because I think sometimes there are too many shortcuts. Often when we are conducting interviews in a less than comfortable way, we just want to get it over and done with. Sometimes your brain is already thinking of the next question before the current one is answered or you are not listening or you a racing through your questions.

It’s the interviewers responsibility to slow things down to a pace where you can really engage the person in meaningful questions and conversation. As a perceptive interviewer it’s your responsibility to keep control of the interview and keep your eye on the information you are seeking to make an informed decision.

Great interviewers are always on the lookout for tips and tools to boost their chances of uncovering truthful and useful information to make more informed decisions, so if you would like a fabulous free resource to help you become an even better interviewer, then download the 49 Point Perceptive Interviewer Checklist now.

Happy Interviewing…Elly

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