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CDX18: Interviewing potential new recruits should be ‘like a first date’

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INTERVIEWING candidates should be treated ‘like a first date’, according to one of the motor trade’s leading recruiters.

Giving advice at CDX 2018 today on how best to interview candidates, Jimi Matthews, director of business development for Perfect Placement, said: ‘An interview should be treated like a first date. Both parties should be out to impress each other and showcase the best of what each can offer.

‘However, too many treat them like speed dating – a quick fix that leaves plenty of holes left to pick by the end of it.’

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Matthews, pictured, continued to stress the importance of leaving no uncertainties with an employer’s understanding of what a candidate can offer, and vice versa. 

 ‘A successful interview is one that leaves no questions unanswered. From a hiring manager’s perspective, it may just seem that a job acceptance from the candidate ticks that box but really it’s one that improves the business – allowing both candidate and employer to get the best of each other.’

Avoiding dull and irrelevant questions is another thing that Matthews strongly believes is key to interviewing like a pro.

He said: ‘Avoid bog-standard questions from a checklist — they’re likely to be boring and quite possibly irrelevant to the candidate. Make the interview a conversation, which will also allow you to get a better idea of a candidate’s personality.’

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