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96 Great Interview Questions to Ask Before You Hire, 2nd Edition by Paul FALCONE

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Putting Candidates at Ease and Building Rapport

There’s a lot to be said about making candidates feel comfortable during your interview and getting them to open up to you. Of course, much of that will depend on your natural interviewing style and willingness to make it safe for them to share information about themselves. Of course, there’s no right or wrong way to do this; rather, it’s a matter of you being yourself and extending a gracious welcome to your guests.

Some interviewers have a relaxed versus formal communication style; some try to make friends, while others prefer a respectful distance. Again, your style is your gift, as long as you remember that you’re not solely there to make new friends (although that’s always nice). Your primary ...

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