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Prepping Your Candidate For An Interview

The purpose of thorough interview prep is to give your candidate the best possible shot at getting an offer. You have zero control/influence once the door closes and the interview begins. Consequently, you should do everything possible to ensure that the outcome will be positive. This is especially true in today’s IT market where interviews are scarce.

The length and detail level of the prep is inversely proportional to how many interviews this candidate has had through you. If it is the first one, take more time to prep. Other factors include how receptive your candidate is to your prep. Does she/he recognize the importance of this exercise? Is she/he cooperative and receptive or are you wasting your breath? If the answer is no, you have another problem (candidate control). You also have to make sure that you sell the candidate on the client and the specific opportunity.

The Basics. Tell Your Candidates To:

Other Points

Very Important

Role play answers to the following questions and statements:

You will be surprised how weak a lot of candidate’s answers are to these questions. You have to take the time to embellish their answers. Otherwise, they will not come across very well.

-Bill Bostrom
Vice President, Infosys International, Inc.