Some managers assume the preparation of the interviewing is the responsibility of the candidate or HR. False. Job interviews are ripe for potential mistakes and some naïve questions are the basis for discrimination lawsuits. There are key interviewing “do’s” and “don’ts” that every manager should know. Hiring Managers usually make mistakes in interviewing for two reasons:
- First, lack of understanding of the law; and
- Second, trying to make an applicant feel at ease, discover common ground, or simply be amicable.
Individuals involved in the hiring process sometimes ask about an applicant's family, outside interests, prior work habits, celebrated holidays or ethnic background. Such topics are not intuitively sensitive to managers, particularly those who have risen through the ranks without formal training. In other social settings, apart from hiring, these types of questions are good icebreakers or friendly conversation.