By Jean Lenzner
Does the order in which you interview for a position really make a difference? In scheduling candidate interviews, it is not uncommon for candidates to request a specific spot in the so-called “batting order”. Some people like to go first, believing that they will set the bar and that any other candidates will be benchmarked against them. Others request to go last in hopes that they will stand out most in the client’s memory ...
With 35-plus years in executive search, I’ve had the opportunity to conduct hundreds of phone interviews with talented candidates. In many ways, presence and the right cultural fit are just as important—if not more important—than a strong resume with the right skillset. The phone interview is my first opportunity to gauge a candidate’s presence, authority and personality.
Some candidates are prepared and set the right tone for the interview. Others may ...