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Alaskan Employers: How to Conduct Effective Job Interviews


If you're the hiring manager at your company and assigned to find qualified people looking for Anchorage jobs or jobs elsewhere in Alaska, it can be a daunting task. As you narrow down your search and schedule interviews, it can seem almost impossible to find the right person based on the scant interaction you will have with each one of the candidates. With that in mind, make sure you take full advantage of each job interview , here are some things you should avoid in the interview, courtesy of CBS Money Watch:

1. It's not about you: Remember that the primary focus of the interview is on the candidate. Talking too much, especially about yourself, will result in little useable information being gathered from the limited interview time frame.

2. Avoid the Halo/Horns Effect: The Halo/Horns Effect is when a candidate makes an incredibly strong (halo) or lousy (horns) impression on you that instantly sways your judgment. First impressions don’t make or break the candidate, so pay attention to their performance for the rest of the interview.

3. Don’t conduct short interviews: Interviews take up time. Multiple interviews in a single day can take up a lot of time. Brief interviews are more convenient, but it’s hard to make a sound judgment on a candidate when you didn’t get much time to assess him. The ideal time frame for an interview should be 45 minutes to an hour.

4. Don’t rate candidates against each other: Comparing candidates’ strengths and weaknesses against each other is tempting, but counter-productive. Grade each candidate on established criteria; not against each other.

By Kyle Wise

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