End Interviews the Right Way | No BS Hiring Advice Radio

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter encourages you to end interviews in any way that does not lead people on.

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The advice I'm giving today is about one of those small things that can be very damaging to your organization and that is how you end things with a candidate.
Now the history behind this episode comes from an interview I had with someone. It was a third interview with an area manager for a firm, done by phone, and at the end of the interview, the hiring manager goes, "Well,. the next step is going to be we're going to bring you into New York to meet with my boss. We'll fly you in for this interview." Two days later. I get a call from HR. We're not interested. The manager didn't think she was a good fit.
Okay, firms are entitled to turn someone down, quite obviously. That's not the issue. The issue is the impact of what he said at the end of that interview. Number one was to give this woman an idea, and a reasonable idea, that she was going on to further interviews. If you're not interested don't say stuff like that. All you have to do is to say, "we're going to get back to the recruiter and we'll let you know in the next couple of days."
Now, I'll simply say that if you're going to reject people, if you're not sure, make a statement like that. Matter of fact. I think that should be the common practice for all job interviews. At the end of the interview, you say, "we're going to get back to the recruiter" or "We'll get back to HR and will let you know our thoughts in the next day or two," because, otherwise, if you say stuff like this, the impact is you have an annoyed job applicant and if you think people don't express themselves on the web you're mistaken.
You guys are looking for information on the web about Job applicants. Well, job applicants are looking for information about you and when they hear stuff like this or worse, obviously the impact is to be reluctant to interview and reluctant to trust you and you don't want that to happen. You don't want this kind of publicity out there, criticizing your organization, especially especially for someone you might not be interested in.
So, keep it simple. All you have to do is say, at the end of the interview, we're going to get back to HR and will be in touch the next day or two


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for what more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1000 episodes,“ Job Search Radio,” “and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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