HOT HIRING HINT FROM MEL KLEIMAN : GET OUT FROM BEHIND THAT
If, like most people, you sit behind your desk
when you conduct interviews, here are a few good reasons to try something
1. A desk blocks your view of most of the applicant’s body language (which can
be much more telling than what they are saying). In fact, body language conveys
52-60% of the information you’re looking for.
2. Most people have been taught to lie from the neck up. Remember when your mom
said: “I can tell you’re lying because you can’t look me in the eye.” So, guess
what most people who are inclined to lie learned to do? Look you right in the
eye and lie. That’s why you want to take into account posture, gestures, eye
movement, and facial expressions as well.
3. A desk also creates a psychological barrier between you and the applicant. A
more relaxed prospective employee will be less defensive and more open and
honest. Try sitting side-by-side or at least in full view of each other if you
will be taking notes.
4. If you are mainly a factually-oriented person, put the applicant on your
left because the left-side of the body is connected to the intuitive,
right-side of your brain. If you are mainly intuitive, do the reverse and tap
into your fact-based, logical side.
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