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Conducting an Interview

Conducting an Interview

General advice

  • Make sure you have clearly stated where, when and with whom the interview is with.
  • Make sure you start the interview on time
  • Draw up a list of role requirements you are looking to have met so you can ask the candidate about each one.
  • Explain to the candidate the interview process you will adopt at the start of the interview itself.
  • Cover every aspect of the role itself and how your company works.
  • Be approachable and friendly otherwise you may lose the candidates interest in the role.
  • Do not ‘grill’ the candidate, you may not find out what you need to know and put them off working for you.
  • Take notes and pay attention to their responses, listening relaxes the candidate and makes for a more productive interview.
  • Remember you are as much selling the role to the right candidate as the interviewee are themselves to you.
  • When the candidate finishes a reply pick up the interview with your next question.
  • Resist temptation to repeat questions and do not unnecessarily drag out the interview.
  • Finish the interview by asking the candidate if they have any further questions.
  • Once the interview has finished clearly explain what will happen next to the candidates application.
  • Keep the candidate up to date with what is going on with their application.
  • When interviewing for jobs keep in mind you can always opt for a second interview, although 2 or 3 interviews for a junior role may appear over the top to the candidate.
  • Always thank the candidate for attending the interview.
  • If you are sure you have the right candidate for the job / placement in front of you, offer them the job / placement.  

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