This week was interview week, and whilst it may have led some to wonder what the point of the rest of the process was, it certainly made great entertainment.

We’ve missed a week (sorry, readers), with a pretty standard task in week 10 – but we’re back and here to look at how you should present yourself when interviewing potential candidates.

Though we have looked at interviewing before, we felt the performance here warranted a refresher. However here we’ll focus less on discrimination, and more on presentation.

How you interview reflects on your business

Ok, we know it’s a TV programme, but is there any need for the berating that some of the candidates got? Perhaps the only reason they can do this is due to the fact they wouldn’t actually be their employers, but it certainly isn’t the best example of interview etiquette.

How do you think they came across as people to work for? Pretty poorly in some cases if you ask me. I’m not sure I’d want to work for any of them, and if that’s the way you present yourself to interviewees then you’re sure to be putting people off too.

An interview is an opportunity to present your company as one someone would want to work for, after all you are looking for someone to come and help grow your team. I wouldn’t say that things like calling them a ‘lost puppy’ and suggesting they’re liable to break things by just holding them is a good way to start.

Keep it professional

Some people don’t prepare as well as others, it happens. This will become evident as you ask your questions, however there’s no reason to be rude about it. At the end of it all, they won’t be getting a job – making them feel terrible as well is not going to make you look great either. And suggesting that they’re ‘taking the p*ss’ is a definite no-no.

Furthermore, taking their personal property and insisting that they divulge to you its contents is not really a great way to instil trust.

Finally, questioning someone’s character is perhaps bordering on the personal a bit too much. It’s understandable that you want to know how they may handle different work situations, but suggesting that they’re a somewhat ‘fake’ individual is going a bit far.

Overall, the interview process featured some of the worst candidate bashings I’ve ever seen in the ten years the show has been running. Some of the worst behaviour was targeted at someone who was particularly poorly prepared – you’ll know who I’m talking about if you’ve seen it. However, it presents a pretty poor face for corporate culture.

Don’t even get me started on the fact that this week seemed to disregard all that came before either! It will be interesting how that impacts on the final this Sunday – which I will most definitely be watching.

 

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