One of the biggest things that makes a candidate wary is the first impression. Ways to make a good first impression are to see them on time and be immediately welcoming. Also, keep in mind how you conduct yourself in an interview. It can be subconsciously reflected in the candidate. Be sure that during the interview you are removing all distractions and interruptions. Also, place yourselves in an area that you are both comfortable in.
Body language is everything in interviews. Make sure that you are sitting in a way which the candidate feels as though you are open to them. Sitting with your arms crossed, hiding behind your computer comes across that you are uninterested in the candidate and the interview will most likely not go well. However, if you are sitting with your hands on the table or on your lap with little to no distractions in front of you then they feel safe in the area. We know that technology is great and that taking notes from your interview may be easier done on the computer. Just make sure that if you are doing this that you let the candidate know that’s what you are doing. So they don’t think you are online shopping while they talk about how excited they are to be apart of your team.
Show Them Around
Feel free to show the candidate around the workplace a bit if they are seeming like a good fit. This gives them a chance to get a sense of the surroundings before the first day.
Ask the Right Questions
While interview questions can be typically basic, make sure you are asking the right questions. Questions that are particular to your position to highlight the candidates interest. Please, please, please refrain from the terribly worded questions such as: Why do you want to work here? The awkward phrasing begs for a pandering answer which won’t be genuine. Ask it in an easier way, like: What excites you about working in this field? Or What are you looking for in your next position? This allows the candidate to talk about their past experience, what they’ve enjoyed about past workplaces, and hints at what they are looking for in the new position.