At some point throughout your leadership career you will have to interview people to join your team or the company.
The success of an interview depends just as much on the interviewer as it does the interviewee, but there is no universally accepted list of qualities of a good or successful interviewer.
Here a five qualities that we would expect to see in a good interviewer:
1. Attentive listening
Good interviewers talk less than they listen. The listening helps the interviewer make a better evaluation.
A large number of interviews fail because the interviewer talks more than listening.
2. Extrovert Behaviour
Even if you are an introvert, extrovert behaviours in an interview will help you be conversational, frank, and friendly.
3. Ability to recognise uniqueness
Every interviewee is unique in his/her qualities, character, traits, and experience. A successful interviewer is one who can identify the best combination of individual talents and qualities required for the particular job.
4. Emotional maturity
You, as the interviewer should be free from biases and undue emotions. You should have the ability to judge the situation based on logic and wisdom.
5. Control of anger and aggression
Control of anger, arrogance, or aggression is a very important quality to have when interviewing others.
You should not come across as intimidating to the interviewee. When the candidate strays from the track of inquiry, a good interviewer guides them back to the point.
It is important to prepare thoroughly before interviewing a potential employee so that you do not come across as disorganised and unprofessional. Be sure to brush up on the interviewee’s skills and employment history beforehand by reading their CV, and print out a copy for reference during the interview.
Written by Sahar Habib
Founder of Coach Wilson