12 Articles on the spot “Traditional Interview”

Posted by HR Key Functions Apr 20, 2010

Traditional interviews are seldom used in the last years as a main recruiting tool but they are still the strongest instrument when choosing the perfect candidate. Traditional interviews suffer from bad judgment of the interviewer based on the fact that the applicant shows off and lies about their achievement and past experience.
Nevertheless what kind of selection a company is using, at some point of the selection procedure you are going to face the traditional interview. A traditional interview is held by one or more persons in order to talk about your skills, past experience, achievement and success. HR-co-worker notices behavioral and body language sings and the hiring manager watches your experience and analyses if you are a good team player.
Despite what kind of tests - verbal reasoning tests, numerical tests, behavioral judgment tests, professional tests etc. you have passed, the traditional face-to-face interview demonstrates if there is enough “chemistry” between the applicant and their future employer.
Even the best results on professional tests cannot guarantee you a contract with your dream employer!
For this reason we recommend you to read the following articles in order to be prepared for the traditional interview!

1. The Traditional Interview
Extract: “…Interviewing is an interactive process that allows you, the candidate, and your interviewer, the employer, an opportunity to meet, exchange information, and evaluate whether or not there's a fit between you both. Your job is to personalize your cover letter and resume, by talking in-depth about your experiences, skills, and goals, and how they relate to the employer. The employer will evaluate your knowledge about yourself and the employer, your attitude, your confidence, your appearance, and your ability to do the job…
The interview will likely have a definite beginning, middle and end: Introduction, their questions, your questions, end…”

2. Why are Traditional Hiring Interviews so Unreliable?
Extract: “…Managers continue to assess on gut feel. Just because a person dresses well, looks attractive, talks we’ll and acts confidently doesn’t necessarily imply they can do the job. Remember, at interview the candidate is on their best behaviour, what you see is the best you will ever see them! …”

3. Hiring: Why We Are So Often Wrong
“… - More than half of applicants lie or exaggerate in applications and resumes
- 63% of all hiring decisions are reached in less than five minutes of job interview time. The next twenty five minutes or more we spend does not improve this decision.
- Interviewers have less than a 15% chance of identifying lies from application information in an interview.
- Interviews predict job success only 14% of the time.
- Demographic variables such as age, race or gender influence interviewer judgments…”

4. How to have a good job interview
Extract: “…Think of the worst question you could be asked. Again plan how you would answer it. Then this question - and any other - is not going to be that tough for you…”

5. Body language during a job interview
- Choosing the right seat
- Tune your body posture
- What to do with your hands
- When should you look at whom
- Do not worry too much about tension

6. Body language can speak volumes during interview
Another great article on body language and how to behave during an interview!
It contains informations about seating position and eye movement.

7. Body language during job interviews - Non verbal Communication & Hair hat
Watch out! --> a list with simple things you must pay attention before you enter the interviewer room.

8. How to Succeed at Interviews
A short guide with simple rules you must stick to!

9. Should I Add LinkedIn to My Resume?
Extract: “…There’s nothing wrong with having a fun Internet life, but as you know, there are always risks involved. If an employer sees pictures of you slumped over with your drinking buddies, this may very well work against you in the application process. Of course, anyone with half a gnat’s brain should know not to post a crazy picture on their LinkedIn profile; however, choosing the appropriate contacts and even what’s written for your recommendations can make just as much a difference when employers are studying your page to determine who they may be dealing with…”

10. 9 Ways to Succeed in Your Next Job Interview
- Research the company
- Dress for success
- Eye contact is crucial

11. Tim Yandel: The Interview Triangle: How to Succeed in Your Interview

12. Interviews Example: Good Greg
Extract: “…Here is an example interview that can give you ideas about how you can present yourself in the best possible light. Greg is good at interviewing. He is likeable, and he is liable to get a job offer after this interview. Pay attention!...”

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