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A Change is as Good as a Rest

Posted by: Emma Upton

I recently took a couple of weeks off work to go on holiday. When I came back, it took me a little bit of time to get back into the swing of things. I felt like I'd forgotten how to do some parts of my job. I was especially out of practice with interviewing.

Here's an insider secret for all interviewees out there - interviewers need to practice too! When you go to an interview you expect it to be polished, well run, informative and structured. You expect to be asked clear questions that give you the chance to talk about your experience and knowledge. Being able to run an interview in this way is a skill that needs honing. However, very experienced interviewers will have bad habits and, every so often, it can be really helpful to take a step back and assess how interviews are being handled.

Over the last few days, I've been helping someone close to me prepare for an interview. Offering guidance to them also served as a reflective exercise for me. Am I asking open questions that give the candidate every chance to talk about what they think is important? Am I probing them on the things they say? Am I avoiding the trap of leading them into an answer?

When I came back from my trip, I found that my normal interview routine was out of kilter. This forced me to really think about what I want to ask people and how I should run interviews. I wasn't doing things out of habit anymore, but because I thought about it and made a conscious choice.

Ultimately, we as interviewers are assessing someone's suitability for a job, and there are plenty of indicators of this that get dropped in throughout the course of an interview, if we ask the right questions! So interviewees, prepare to be probed and prodded, questioned and queried!

My conclusion of this experience is that, aside from the fact I had an amazing holiday, the trip really benefitted my work. I'll have to take a break more often!

Recent Comments
Thanks Emma, totally agree! Always come back to work after a break feeling positive, and ready to tackle a to do list. x
Katharine Higginson, 23 February 2017
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