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Interviewing Skills by Tim Hindle

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Controlling an Interview

Pace an interview carefully so that you can cover all the necessary ground in the time allocated. You must be able to direct a candidate gently towards another subject if required, or hurry them along politely if they linger too long on a favourite topic.

TIP

Allow a few minutes for small talk before the interview proper.

Points to remember

  • Talking too much initially may be a symptom of nervousness.

  • Initial stuttering and stumbling over words and phrases may also be a sign of nerves.

  • Talking directly to the point shows that the candidate is listening to you attentively.

  • It is not necessarily a bad sign if a candidate shows some emotion during the interview.

Controlling the flow of information

Try to control the flow ...

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