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Top Tips on Conducting Interviews

Top Tips on Conducting Interviews

Whilst candidates will be preparing to be interviewed by you, it’s important that you prepare just as much to meet them. Conducting interviews in the right way is essential in order to gain as much information as possible and to form accurate impressions of the candidate, which will be needed to help you decide whether they are best suited for the role.

Although you’ve shortlisted your candidates based on their applications and CVs, you still have to be ready to ask the right questions to determine if they’re best fitted to your advertised role. Here are some tips we have thrown together to guide you through your interview process:

Get to know your candidate

This doesn’t mean adding them on Facebook or taking them out for lunch, but simply, getting to know their skills and personal qualities. Thoroughly read through their CV, from this you’ll be able to gain understanding of exactly what the candidate can offer you and use this to prepare your interview questions. For example, take a look at their past experience and question what their roles entailed and what responsibilities they had. This will give you a sense of what the candidate is capable of in the workplace.

Make it a conversation

No one wants to feel as if they’re being interrogated during an interview as this could cause discomfort and won’t allow the candidate to fully relax or show their personality. Having a two-way conversation allows the candidate to feel less intimidated by you and your business, and will encourage them to open up more about their personal qualities. If you conduct your interview as a conversation, you are showing your candidate that you are interested and value their skills and qualities. This will give them more confidence and will give you an insight into what they could be like to work with.

Include other employees

Sometimes including other employees in the interview process can really benefit both you and the candidate. If you’re strongly considering them for a position, introducing them to other employees will give you an understanding of how they get on with and interact with their potential future colleagues. This will also allow the candidate to experience who they’ll be potentially working with and whether it’s right for them.

The interviewer therefore has just as much impact on an interview as the candidate does. Here at Juice we support all our clients and candidates with their interview process with the aim of giving them the confidence to perform at their best.  To find out more about how our team can help you, please do not hesitate to give us a call on 01924 377 500 or email us at [email protected]

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