In today’s modern recruitment market, it is increasingly important for employers to impress in the interview process as well. We have already given you 5 things to avoid when interviewing candidates. However, there are also certain methods that can be utilised in the process to help ensure that you land the best candidates.

These are our top 5, chosen by our recruitment team:


1) Let candidates know they are impressing.

If an interview is going well and a candidate is impressing, don’t hide it. This is an opportunity to start building a good relationship – if you make them feel valued and appreciated from the off, the candidate is more likely to accept the role.


2) Offer positions promptly.

If a candidate ticks all the boxes, don’t wait any longer than is absolutely necessary to make a decision. If you have the option to offer the position directly after the interview, then do!


3) Stick to your word.

This is one rule that we hear repeatedly from recruiters – for employers to build a positive relationship with candidates they must stick to their word. This covers every aspect of the interview process: dates when decisions will be made and feedback will be given; specifications about the role itself; as well as, what salary is available.

If you build trust as a reliable employer, you will attract the best.


4) Give good, thoughtful feedback.

This may not directly affect the appointment you are about to make, but will definitely have an impact on your reputation within the market and therefore, future appointments.

When thorough feedback is given, recruiters and candidates gain a better idea of what you look for in a candidate. This allows candidates to improve and also allows recruiters to fine tune their search.


5) Be human.

This is a major factor that runs through all parts of an interview. The more you move away from a robotic, rigid and dated interview style, the more attractive you will appear as an employer.

Ask secondary questions, engage in conversation – all this serves to sell the company to a candidate.

On top of this, it benefits you as an employer. The deeper you go into conversation with a candidate the more you will know about them. You will get more clarity and expose anyone who may be bluffing – it is easy to give standard answers to standard questions, but move beyond that and you will begin to separate the best from the rest.


This is our  top 5 – what is your top tip for interviewers?

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Alex Kassab

Alex has been with Insight since January 2016 - initially working as part of the back office team, he now helps manage Insight's website, blog and social media output - whilst also pursuing a career as a script writer for film and television.
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