Whether you are on a blind date, meeting the future in-laws, or interviewing for a job, first impressions are everything. When interviewing candidates, you are also being interviewed by your appearance, the company environment, and most importantly, the manner in which you interview.
Always have a structured plan that guides both you and the candidate through the interview. “Winging” the interview rarely works as you may forget to ask the in-depth questions that bring out the skills and qualifications of the candidate.
Be prepared, alert, and listen carefully. Candidates can tell when an interviewer is just going through the motions; thus, making them feel unimportant.
Set the stage well to will avoid losing good candidates from a poorly performed interview.