Candidates May Be Better Prepared Than You

There are a ton of books out there for job seekers to help them prepare for the moment of truth "” the hiring interview.

A lot of these people will not only know what questions you are likely to ask but what answers they should be giving if they are to impress you enough to get the job. Your job is to prepare a set of interview questions that will get the candidate to reveal his real self, not just the image he wants you to see.

You can side-step this hiring trap by reading the same books the job hunters are reading. That way you’ll have a better sense of whether you’re getting a stock answer out of some book or if you’re getting close to the truth.

Another method is to have a set of standard interview questions that are appropriate to you, your company, and what the candidates are expected to sell and use those questions at every interview. After a period of time, you’ll know what answers to expect and a red flag will go up whenever you come across someone who is trying to bury you in BS (a technical term).

To paraphrase the old saying, "If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there," when you’re asking interview questions, "If you don’t know what answer to expect, any answer will do."

Your challenge is to be even better prepared for the interview than the candidate. Your bottom line may depend upon that preparation.

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