7 Awkward Interview Moments and How to Avoid Them

7 Awkward Interview Moments and How to Avoid Them

by Josh Tolan on

You think you’re ready to interview job candidates, but then things get awkward. You can’t get a conversation started, you don’t know how to answer certain questions, or the things you say come out wrong. Now neither you nor the candidate knows how to act.

You both walk away from the interview feeling embarrassed, and you both miss out on a potentially great opportunity. Don’t let awkward moments ruin relationships with awesome candidates.

Awkward job interview moments are bound to happen, but you can avoid these common ones with these tips:

What’s your name again?

You’ve been interviewing candidates for the same position all day. Your last interviewee arrives and you’re ready to finish up the day strong. You reach out your hand as she walks into your office and say, “Hi, Ashley! So nice to finally meet you!”

The candidate stares at you for a moment and says, “Oh, actually, it’s Allison.” You feel stupid, and the rest of the interview has a weird vibe — both you and Allison never get over that first awkward incident.

The reverse can also happen and sabotage what would be a great interview. In a 2014 report of more than 95,000 candidates conducted by Talent Board, 31.9 percent of respondents said they weren’t given any information from the employer to prepare for a job interview, and less than 40 percent were given the names and background information of their interviewers.

That means most job candidates walk into the interview without knowing your name. And accurately remembering the name of someone you just met isn’t easy — especially when dealing with…

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