How to Manage Interview Fatigue

interview fatigue

In case you don’t know, there is something called interview fatigue among recruiters. It is exhausting and difficult to have back-to-back interviews. If you’re like many recruiters, you have loads of interviews to conduct. It can be difficult to accommodate everyone’s busy schedules. You’re getting tired of asking yourself the same questions time after time.

Interview fatigue is a real issue that may derail even the best-laid recruitment strategies. But, what exactly is interview fatigue and how can recruiters manage it? Read on to find answers to these questions.

What is Interview Fatigue?

Interview Fatigue is a real-life occurrence. It occurs as a result of long and difficult interview processes. It frequently happens when several candidates are interviewing for the same post. Hence, the interviewer asks the same interview questions over and over again. This can cause burnout in the recruiter. Other things that cause interview fatigue include:

  • Sitting in one position for a long time.
  • Intense eye contact with candidates
  • The stress of who to hire and do on.

What are the effects of interview fatigue?

It turns out that interview fatigue is more serious than you might assume. Employers frequently remind candidates of the importance of presenting themselves well during interviews. But, recruiters need this advice as well. The truth is that the recruiter is probably the first face of the company that candidates will see. And the way they appear goes a long way in determining how the applicants will see the company. Given this, here are some effects of interview fatigue.

1. Job dissatisfaction

Many recruiters choose to work in the recruiting sector because they enjoy interacting with people. They’re excited to meet with potential employees on a personal level. Recruiters’ energy levels may be depleted as a result of repetitive questioning. This can make them feel drowsy about their tasks. This sometimes leads to a high prevalence of job dissatisfaction among recruiters. If you are in this category, you might need to look for a way to rekindle your passion!

2. Lack of fair chance for applicants

The applicant that you interviewed will most likely have a better experience with you than the one you interview close to your closing time. And for this reason, applicants do not receive the same degree of attention. Equal opportunity companies are aggressively attempting to reduce hiring bias. But fatigue can obstruct this goal. It has the potential to have a detrimental impact on your decision-making. Thereby unintentionally producing a bad applicant experience.

3. Gives room for more error

When we are tired, we are more likely to make mistakes. And this is because it is difficult to be at the maximum productive level. You lose the ability to remain focused, so the memories get blurry. We can’t remember crucial interview facts since the applicants blend together. When trying to interact with colleagues, particularly recruiting supervisors, this becomes an issue.

4. Lowered expectation

For the interviewer, many rounds of interviews for several candidates might be exhausting. This may lead to a desire to complete the procedure fast and extend a job offer. Interview fatigue may cause these recruiters to set the bar low. This causes them to make a poor or impulsive selection. This can lead to a lot of instability as there might be turnover if the candidates chosen are not good enough. And high turnover is not good for the company’s image.

5. Loss of the right candidate

You risk losing the right candidate if you appear tired, or bored during job interviews. When applicants notice your lack of enthusiasm, they might think you are not interested in them. They may reduce the length of their interview responses and lose interest in the position. Especially if there is the probability of a better offer around the corner.

Related: How to Attract the right candidate for a job vacancy

How do you manage interview fatigue?

As a recruiter, when you are in the process of interviewing candidates, you do not want to be tired to avoid making poor decisions and for a host of other reasons. So, how do you manage interview fatigue, because it is inevitable. Here are some ways of managing it:

1. Plan interviews based on your capacity

There is nothing more appealing than knowing your capacity. When you know how much you can take you will be able to schedule your work based on that. This means that, when it comes to scheduling interviews, you’re the boss. So, make interview plans based on your mental and physical capacity. If you can finish interviews in a week and rest afterward, go for it. If you can take back-to-back interviews, go for it. And if you prefer taking the interviews once a week, go for it as well. But, understand that you should go for the one you are comfortable with, not the one your colleagues are forcing you to choose.

2. Narrow down the candidates for interviews

Always filter the candidates when you are reviewing the applications. It is better to reject candidates throughout the resume screening process than to interview everyone and discover that those you suspected were poor in the first place.

You can ensure that you have the best candidates for an interview by narrowing your options. Thus, saving time and energy.

3. Bring more than one expert to the interview

As a recruiter, you should not go to the interview alone especially if it is a long one. Take along with you experts that can assist you in assessing a candidate’s skills. This way, if you’re tired, the experts that are at the interview with you can give you feedback. Hence, you will avoid making a poor choice of applicants because of interview fatigue.

4. Do not lower the expectation.

After two or more rounds of interviews, you might believe that the right candidate does not exist. And once exhaustion sets in, you will likely lower the expectation and go for just any candidate. But, the right candidate that possesses all the qualities and skills you want exists. There is a suitable individual who is motivated and determined to succeed. And if you succumb to interview fatigue you might not get that right candidate.

Bottom Line

Interview fatigue is real and inevitable in the recruitment world. However, I hope with these tips I shared in this article, you will be able to manage it well and not make the wrong choice.


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