The most important tasks in conducting job interviews are preparing questions and evaluating candidates' answers. However, there are other key things you can do to ensure a successful interview process.
First, create a comfortable environment for the candidate…
Conduct the interview in a neat, quiet area such as an office or conference room
- Offer the candidate a beverage
- Minimize distractions-- that means not taking or responding to calls, emails or texts
This small show of consideration presents you and your company in a positive light.
When you meet the candidate...
- Have a friendly demeanor to put him or her at ease
- Be careful about engaging in small talk which could lead to potentially discriminatory questions... asking a candidate where they were born, for example, should be avoided.
- Show your attentiveness through nonverbal gestures such as smiling or nodding your head
- Ask the candidate questions to help you evaluate his/her qualifications for the job
- Be prepared to discuss responsibilities and functions of the job
- Give the candidate an opportunity to ask final questions
- Provide a timeframe for getting back in touch regarding next steps
- Thank the candidate for his or her interest in the job and your company
A successful interview allows the employer to obtain as much information as possible about an applicant's potential to perform the duties of a particular position. Use our 'Sample Interview Guide' below as a starting point to help conduct effective interviews.
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