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Ending the job interview

After a good job interview, you should be excited – and so should the applicant. Something like a good energy field should be there, perceptible, with feelings of confidence and anticipation. If an interview doesn’t end this way, it’s a fairly good indication that something isn’t quite right.

1. Homework

If you’ve set up your interviews to include more than one round (eliminating some applicants during the first round) it’s a good idea to have some sort of “homework assignment” for those who make it through the first gate. Give them a small but relevant task to complete within a few hours. The self-motivated, skillful and resourceful applicants will demonstrate their worth – something that might otherwise be difficult to observe in an interview.

2. Give a tour

Present the company to the person with a little tour of the premises. Introduce them to some of your team, particularly people they could end up working closely with. This can be very useful for everyone involved. Be sure you go back later on and get feedback from the people who had a chance to interact with the applicant.

3. Interaction with future co-workers

Expanding a bit on the idea laid out in the previous point, when you narrow down your candidates to just one or a few, arrange for them to interact more closely with their possible future colleagues. This might be in the form of a sort of mini-interview, or perhaps a more detailed tour of their work area and overview of current projects. Talking with your team after such interaction can be very educational too.

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