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Chapter 11. Solving Problems in the Prof... > Fundamentals of the Interview Proces...

Fundamentals of the Interview Process

Interviewing is, of course, a very important part of the job search process. The documentation gets the candidate to the interview step, but by no means guarantees a successful interview. On the other hand, many have learned the hard way that a successful interview does not guarantee a good future employee. Some people interview very well but prove very difficult to work with. Others do not interview dramatically well but prove to be solid choices for a position. So, to round out the interview scenario, we can say with assurance that everyone involved in the interview is trying to feel her or his way through it in the best way possible. There is no scientific process to guarantee the best choice for all involved.

The Interviewer

It is worthwhile to consider the interviewer's position in this stressful situation. It is taken for granted that the candidate will feel nervous and on the spot, but the interviewer's state of mind complicates the situation. One important thing to remember about those who are interviewing is that this task is just one of many that they have to get through that day. Although that candidate has only the interview to focus on, the interviewers have many other things to focus on—the everyday tasks that constitute a day on the job—and may regard the interview as an interruption; interviews are certainly time-consuming for those in charge of them.


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