The Art of Reading An Interview Candidate

by blogadmin 14. May 2019 04:55

Carol Helsel | Leadership In Action | May 15, 2019 

One of the most important skills of an interviewer is the ability to read (or interpret verbal and non-verbal cues) a candidate you're interviewing. The key is to remain objective and not distort information because of preconceptions. Judith Orloff MD, psychiatrist and author, shares 3 techniques that can help:

1. Observe Body Cues.

-Pay attention to appearance. Are they dressed for success?

-Notice posture. Do they portray confidence? Arrogance? Signs of low self-esteem?

-Watch for physical movements such as nervous habits, distance, what they do with their hands.

-Interprent facial expressions. Do they look worried, bitter, happy?

2. Listen to You Intuition.

This is simply your gut feel. Honor these feelings.

3. Sense Emotional Energy.

The vibe we give off is usually registered with intuition. Some candidates emit positive energy, while others may be off-putting. Ask yourself how you feel being around this person.

With practice, you can ignite your senses and excel at identifying and selecting the candidate who will fit best!

 

Post by Carol Helsel, Senior HR Consultant, for Partners In Action, Inc. 

 

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