Even if a candidate has been in the industry for quite some time and feel like they’ve interviewed successfully before, or even if a candidate has been interviewing recently, slow down and walk them through what to expect and how to put their best foot forward.  A solid candidate interview prep should include a preface that allows the candidate to fully understand the benefit to them for taking the time to prepare for this initial meeting.  It is encouraged for the candidate to do some pre-work prior to the interview, conducting research on the specific company and hiring manager and to read through any interview preparation materials that you send.  Make sure to educate the candidate on the hiring manager’s background, any common ground they may have, and the personality and style of the interviewer. 


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