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A warm welcome for a candidate can make for a smooth interview (100 Bytes Of Wisdom: Day 46)

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Arriving for an interview can be stressful, as I’m sure you remember. Tell your team someone is coming in for an interview today, so they’re not greeted with “uh, who are you?” stares. Greet them, make them feel comfortable by asking how their day was so far and offering them some refreshments. If you know the person they’re interviewing with to isn’t ready yet, just have a conversation with them until they are, try not to leave them in a waiting area because that sends an odd message, especially at small companies. If you have an HR person or team, they might offer to do this for you. Work with them for this, they’re awesome for that. They’ll explain to the candidate what the process for the interview(s)/day looks like and put people at ease.

Remember, unless it’s a technical test interview, it’s just a conversation about who the person is, what they know and what they’ve done, and there isn’t any reason for it to be stressful. Keep it casual, keep it friendly.

Heads up: As with any terse bit of advice, there will be exceptions of course, and subtleties and nuance that can't possibly be captured in a Byte of Wisdom. This has been what I've experienced, I'd love to hear yours in the comments too!

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