Conducting an interview

How do you know you’ve found the perfect candidate?

By far the most important part of the recruitment process is the interview – both for you and your candidate. It is your chance to ask the right interview questions in order to assess whether a potential candidate would fit into your business, and also whether they have the necessary experience and skillset you need to benefit your business.

To the candidate, it’s a chance for them to get a sense of what it would be like to work for you as an employer and assess the work environment. It is important for you to make a candidate feel comfortable and at ease. To get the most from any interview, you will need to ensure you have a list of interview questions which are pertinent to the job.

To get the best from an interview you should:

Step 1: Establish clear objectives at the outset for the interview

Step 2: Put together a clear plan of action and list of interview questions

Step 3: Create a clear agenda

Step 4: As the interview progresses, concentrate on getting to know and finding out more about a candidate

When approaching an interview, you need to be aware that you could be potentially basing several years of work service on the basis of what you learn during a one-hour interview, so make it count and develop a structure which enables you to optimise the opportunity.

If you want to learn more about interview techniques,speak to one of our recruiting experts or download our Talent Guide for more insight.

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