The importance of preparation when conducting an interview

How to make the most of your interviewing time

You will need to set aside an area in which to conduct the interviews. You should use somewhere where you’re not being interrupted, either by other people walking in or by the telephone. Try to keep it in your workplace, since this will be the most cost effective and also give the interviewees a chance to see where they would be working.

Make sure your other staff know that you are interviewing, divert your office phone and turn off your mobile. You will then be able to give your interviewees your undivided attention.

Before the day of the interviews, you will need to make sure that you are totally prepared. You will need to compose a series of questions, bearing in mind what you want to find out about the candidate. This will include general questions on their personality and motivation, as well as questions that will probe more directly into how well they are suited to the job description.

You should have their CV and application form with you at the interview. This will give you some background from which you can ask for more detail from the candidate.

You should also prepare some information about your company – whether it’s a leaflet, examples of what you do or simply some background about yourself – and a job description for the position for which you are recruiting.

As a small business owner, it is more than likely that you are the only manager and will therefore be the sole interviewer. This is not necessarily a bad thing. At some point, however, you may wish to involve a colleague in the interview. The advantage of having more than one of you is that you can get another opinion on each candidate.

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