Effective interviewing is the key to successful recruitment. If you are inefficiently interviewing you may be missing out on top quality candidates, therefore it is vital that you learn how to effectively control the interview.
Preparation is key
As an interviewer it is essential that you are well prepared for the interview by thoroughly reviewing the candidate’s CV and having a list of appropriate questions prepared. You will need to be fully aware of the skills required for the role in order to be able to ask the right questions and to steer the interview in the correct direction.
Prepare your questions in advance based on the candidates’ CV and the nature of the role. Prepare open-ended questions that will allow for more elaborate answers, beginning with ‘why’, ‘how’ and ‘tell me...’ for example.
Find out as much about the candidate as possible
The purpose of the interview is to establish if the candidate holds any of the skills required for the role. You will need to understand how you can steer the conversation in the right direction without leading the candidate. Questions should be as neutral as possible and you should avoid questions that require a yes or no answer.
Find out how the candidate has applied their skills within the workplace
Once you have established the sort of skills, knowledge and abilities the candidate holds, you will then need to learn how they have applied their skills to previous jobs. Asking for specific examples will give you a clearer indication of how the candidate might apply those skills should they be successful in this interview.
Essential do’s and don’ts in any interview setting
· Do ensure that the applicant is at ease
· Do take notes throughout
· Don’t interrupt the candidate when they are answering a question
· Don’t patronize the candidate
· Do conduct the interview in a positive, honest manner
Although the purpose of a job interview is to learn as much about a candidate as possible, your role as the interviewer is also to supply the candidate with information. You will need to provide a brief background of the company and what it does, along with an overview of the position and what the successful candidate will be required to do. You should always finish your interview by asking the candidate if he or she has any questions.