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close this bookHundred Tips for a Better Management (Aga Khan Foundation, 1993, 70 pages)
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View the document54. Make the most critical interview the job interview
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52. Put the person you interview at ease

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People you interview for a job are probably going to be somewhat nervous or anxious. They may stumble through an interview, not because they lack the kind of skills and talents you need, but because they are too ill at ease to show what they are really capable of doing. You can help to put someone more at ease and, thus, get the most out of the interview by doing the following:

Greet the people you will interview at your office door
Shake hands or welcome them in a customary way
Seat them in comfortable surroundings, preferably not directly in front of your desk
Offer refreshment
Use their name often
Smile occasionally
Describe how the interview is to be conducted
Tell them something about yourself
Compliment them appropriately
Be a good listener