No one is perfect in an interview. If they are they probably interview so much you may need another way of assessing them. But expecting candidates to “perform” perfectly in an interview is just that…asking them to perform.
Your goal in an interview is to get a sense of the real person, it’s to dig not just into the performance and skills piece but through it to find the authentic person and authentic people are not perfect.
Here are some things to remember when conducting an interview.
- Candidates are nervous
- You should want all your candidates to be a little nervous, it means they are genuinely interested and the idea of not perfecting the interview scares them. Help make them comfortable.
- This is an interview not an interrogation
- Don’t pelt people with questions, try engaging in conversation, you’ll wind up learning more about them.
- Probe for more info when you need it, but sometimes you’ll need to ask a leading question to get them to open the flood gates you’re looking for, don’t hold back from a leading question and then make assumptions about what they would have said.