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How formal to be in a job interview

Published by jonathan in the blog jonathan's blog. Views: 314

If you are a new manager, conducting job interviews can be almost as stressful for you as for the candidates. What can make it even more nerve wracking is the HR/Personnel people hanging around. Experience tells us they are likely to do one of two things.

Firstly, they may leave you to it.Showing little interest in the process and just showing up at the interview as a token gesture.

Secondly, They will insist that everything in the process is done 100% by the book and be a general stickler for the rules.

Both can be annoying for the manager carrying out a recruitment exercise and this "shadow" will probably cast a shadow over how the interviews are carried out. For a rookie manager, this can be intimidating.

So the question is, how formal to make your interviews?

Well, remember, if you are the manager in charge, the successful candidates will be working for YOU. They answer to you.

You are the boss. Setting the wrong tone at interview can mean candidates get totally the wrong impression for your organisation or team.

Too informal and they will leave the interview thinking the place is a holiday camp - too strict and you will scare people off.

I suggest making the interview slightly more formal than the atmosphere in your workplace. Doing this means you remain authoritative and in control.

As for the guys in the HR/Personnel department, they need to be politely told that it is YOU who run the department.

This short article originally appeared on the Sharp End Training blog. They are authors of the rookie manager series - training for new managers, supervisors and team leaders.
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