Now-a-days am conducting few interviews for our organization. While sitting in the other side of the table, I've visualized why most of the interviews fail with me. But when conducting these interviews, most of the candidates are attending with self confidence that they are suitable for the mentioned role and attend without preparation.
When people do some real preparation, they tend to fail due to lack of awareness at the interviewer towards interviewing techniques. Having failed in many interviews, I've learned that the interviews fail because of the following...
- Reflection (or) Mirroring: The interviewer tends to see self within the candidate. The interviewer starts to compare self with the candidate and evaluate. This evaluation is totally personal. The yard stick for measuring the candidature is not generalized, but influenced.
- Template (or) Checklist: The interviewer has a template of a questionnaire. The interviewer measures the candidate with respect to the list of standard questions that are available within the checklist. Of course, this checklist would vary from different roles, but majorly depend on the predefined set. There the outcome is majorly with standard FAQs. The yard stick here helps to some extent but not in all means.
- Unprepared: This type of the interview always starts with, "Tell me about you". If this is the first question, I would ask them as, "What is the fun in submitting the profile before the interview". The only reason is that they are lazy to understand the candidate, and tend to ask questions as the interview progresses. These kinds of interviews are not in the control of interviewers but in the control of the candidates. If the candidate is smart enough to understand this situation, they will make use of this situation and sell themselves.
By any chance if I miss any, please let me know.