I hope this isn't too specific, but this question reminded me of the following incident and I want to know what I could have done better. If I am asking too much, feel free to edit the question.
My company sent me to a job fair and had me do an interview in kind of the worst situation. My branch had a hiring freeze, so I was unable to look for a specific position that I knew anything about. They were only looking for electrical and mechanical engineers, meanwhile I am software and know 0 about those fields. They advertised that international applicants were welcome even though we were explicitly told that anyone who needed sponsorship for a visa was an automatic no go. The person they had me an interview for had been scheduled before the conference so no one caught the fact they needed sponsorship and should have been disqualified. They had me interview this person alone. And oh by the way this was my first time interviewing someone ever.
I only realize now, years later, how much of a nightmare interview this was. I mostly feel bad about wasting the person's time, because that's really what it was.
So my questions are:
- I only found out ten minutes prior about the visa issue, so there was no time to cancel before they arrived. Should I have cancelled as soon as they got there?
- How do you deal with interviewing someone when there is no specific job description they are interviewing for?
- How do you deal with interviewing someone who works in a field you know nothing about and has 20+ years of experience while you have 2?
- In the end we had an awkward 20 minute interview, I asked them general leadership questions, and told them we would get back to them without even knowing if that was true. (Everyone else who had a visa issue we just threw out the resumes of) Is there anything else I could have done to make this less awful, besides just cancel?
I haven't done any interviews since then, and I probably never will unless it is for a specific position within my group and someone else is present.