7 ways recruiters blow up job interviews

Recruitment is hard work; you chase your network, receive interest from a potential candidate, proceed to tell them more, they go off the radar, after a few more calls they come back, you arrange to chat, they have 100 questions, you have 100 roles, and suddenly, it all seems to come together when you finally secure that initial meeting.

It’s a tough business, which is why most companies outsource their hiring. But the work doesn’t stop once you’ve got them in the door – in fact, it’s the most crucial part of the job, interviewing. And if you don't get this right, your hard work can feel like a complete waste of time.

Perhaps your interview strategy needs adjusting. Luckily there’s enough research to help guide you through the most daunting part of the hiring process.

Entrepreneur identified seven ways where you could be going wrong, and we've been collated them below…

1. You’re distracted by appearance

Much like Austin Power was entranced by the ‘mole’ in Goldmember, we’re all guilty of being distracted by someone’s appearance. In fact, research from Rice University and the University of Houston has backed this unconscious bias up. They found that people with birthmarks, scars and other facial disfigurements are more likely to receive poor ratings in job interviews.

2. You misread body language

Decisions are often made by what a candidate didn’t say, rather than what they did. In fact, a recent survey conducted by Robert Half found that interviewers place a lot of onus on applicants’ eye contact, facial expressions, handshakes and posture. Find out more about how you can adjust your body language to put candidates at ease, here.

3. You’re taking too long

Whilst the speed of hiring should never be the main focus of a recruiter, it’s important to be streamlined and efficient and not make your candidate wait too long. With the global average standing at 23.7 days, delaying your candidate could give them itchy feet.

Andrew Chamberlain, Glassdoor's Chief Economist, explained: “The longer it takes to hire, the greater the productivity loss for employers. And, the longer money is left on the table waiting for potential candidates." 

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