On this page we will give some basic tips and advice for recruiters on how to conduct one to one interviews with prospective employees. Listed below are the main key points that should be implemented in any interview:
Tips for employers on how to conduct a interview
- Ensure that you give the candidate plenty of written notice as to when and where the interview is to be held and also how long it will last.
- Try to conduct the interview in a room that is quiet and not affected disturbed by noise. For instance don’t have a noisy and busy photocopier outside the interview room.
- Make sure you have seen the jobseekers CV (even briefly) before you meet them. Also ensure you have any correspondence they may have sent you like their references, certificates or medical records etc to hand.
- Have your interview questions prepared in advance. Also make sure you have a copy of your job description in front of you.
- Try to avoid questions that could appear to be discriminatory. For instance by asking a woman ‘are you planning on starting a family soon’. Or by asking a elderly person something like ‘will you be able to work with younger work colleagues’.
- If you have a disabled person attending who say may use a wheelchair then make sure that you make arrangements for them.
- During the interview make sure that you make clear handwritten notes on how the interview went and what your thoughts and conclusions are on each candidate.
- At the end of the interview ask the candidate if they have any questions they would like to ask you.
Interview questions to ask a prospective candidate:
- Can you tell me a bit more about the company you work for and your duties?
- Can you tell me what you know about our company?
- Why do you want to work for this company?
- What do you think are your major achievements over the last year?
- If we were to offer you this job when would you be able to start work?
- What do you see yourself doing in say 3 years time?
- What do you feel you could offer our company?
Advice on writing a job description
Preparing for a interview
Writing a professional CV
Writing a covering letter
The layout and design of a CV
Tips for candidates who are applying for equality and diversity jobs