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Tip of the week: Ask the interviewee if he or she prefers to keep the door open or closed

REASON: Not everyone is comfortable being in an enclosed, private environment (like an office with the door shut) with someone they don’t know. This can be particularly problematic for those with specific religious beliefs and/or practices or those who have experienced certain dramas, abuse, or have been victims of sex trafficking. For those individuals, being in an enclosed environment with a person of authority (usually a male), can trigger high anxiety and/or discomfort. The simple act of keeping the door open shows them there is nothing to fear and that they can be at ease.

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