The internet is peppered with advice on how to conduct a proper interview, what questions to ask, and how to behave. Yet despite the overflowing content, many hiring managers make these common mistakes while interviewing candidates. So, to exaggerate the mistakes managers make, we are sharing with you seven tips on how to be the WORST hiring manager ever.
Ask all your candidates how old they are.
You have a team to build and you don't want to waste your time with those flighty Millennials. But you don't want to re-hire in a few years when Old Man Jim decides to retire.
If a candidate avoids disclosing their age, continue to ask them detailed questions such as - when did they graduate high school? when did they get their degree? After a few digging questions you are bound to discover their age.
Find out if they are pregnant or have children
Works needs to get done and hiring a woman who may end up taking maternity leave or skipping out of meetings early because their child has a soccer game, is not ideal. In order to vet this out early here are some questions to ask:
- How old are you? (classic)
- How long have you been married?
- How many children do you have?
- Are you planning on having more children?
Find out their political affiliation
Come on, you will be working side by side this person all day long. You don't want to be having political debates everyday. Make sure you spend a considerable amount of time during your interview talking about the current election and hot topics. By the end you will either love the candidate or hate them.
Talk A LOT about yourself
Make sure you spend a lot of time talking about how you're the best employee in the company and elaborate on your many accomplishments. You need to make sure they understand you are a big deal in the office. While you're at it, jump on Facebook and start showing pictures of your pet chihuahua, Pickles. They've got to be a dog lover or it's a deal breaker!
Cancel your interview last minute
You're a busy person and sometimes you just don't want to interview a candidate. No worries! Just tell your assistant to cancel the interview. The candidate will understand and move on. One less item on your to-do list.
Share all the dirty secrets about the people you work with
All candidates want to know the issues going on in the company right? To ensure they have a clear perception of the company, make sure you spend some time sharing all that is wrong with the people you work with.
"Tina is a kleptomaniac. Make sure you lock all your stuff at night."
"Billy comes in late everyday. He's so lazy."
"Janice just wanders around the office all day doing nothing. Avoid her at all costs."
Ask odd questions during the interview
Want to make sure the candidate can think "outside the box?" Try some of these questions to see if they will fit the company culture:
- Would you rather fight one horse-sized duck, or 100 duck-sized horses?
- What would you do if you found a penguin in the freezer?
- What do you think about when you are alone in the car?
- What kitchen utensil would you be?
- What is your favorite song, and will you perform it for me?
By the end you will have a good idea if they are boring or exciting.