With the myriad of privacy and employment laws dictating what can and can’t be discussed at interview, what can you do as an employer when there’s more you want to know more about your preferred candidate before you make them a job offer?
The simple answer is: get out of the office and into a social environment to change the nature of the discussion.
While it may be a fine line, it’s in both parties interest to find out if they’re suited to each other. Looking at it from the candidate’s side, they could be making a decision which impacts on their personal life as well as their business life. How content or otherwise we are at work, has a direct impact on our well-being and sense of happiness.
Make sure everyone knows that’s it’s a social meeting and not a formal part of the interview process. Make it for outside business hours when people are generally more relaxed and where it helps to reinforce the social aspect.
To stay true to the intent, talk about interests, hobbies, sports, current events etc.
When people are relaxed, discussions tend to open up.
At the end of the day, we all want to work with people we enjoy being around. Social meetings can help both parties become more comfortable with their choices.
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