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Taking the time to employ someone, train them into a specific role, only to then find they are really not suited to your business can be a huge waste of time and money. It’s crucial to get your hiring process right, and this starts with the way you conduct a job interview. Preparation is key.

Here’s how to interview someone for a job.

1. Prepare in advance:

Make sure you have an agenda and clear idea of the direction you want the interview to take. While it is important to allow a degree of flexibility, having an agenda and a few set questions will make sure you find out the necessary information to make a thorough assessment of the candidate.

2. Include a variety of questions:

Different types of questions will showcase different aspects of an individual’s skills and capabilities. Mix the questions up, so that you get to know what they are capable of. Experts have proposed 4 key question types to cover off: ‘fact-finding’, ‘creative-thinking’, ‘problem-solving’ and ‘behavioural’ type questions. Each of these require the candidate to showcase a different way of thinking and responding.

3. Start slow, safe and personal

Although you may want to observe the candidate under pressure, you also want them to answer your questions honestly and accurately. A number of studies indicate that the more comfortable someone feels, the more likely they will be to open up and give the most accurate answer. Begin your interview slowly, with simple questions, so you can ease the candidate into the more nitty gritty questions later on.

4. Don’t talk too much

One of the key errors many interviewers make is that they talk too much. Although questions are important, it’s the answers that matter the most! Make sure you give your candidate the time and space to answer each question thoroughly. You want to create an environment where they are doing majority of the talking and you are simply guiding them in the right direction.

5. Make sure you’re both on the same page

During the interview make sure the candidate understands the role they are applying for and that they are serious about the role. There’s nothing worse than going through the entire interview process and choosing the best candidate, only to find that they actually don’t want the job! Then you’ve just waisted valuable time and are back to the drawing board.

6. Take Notes

Obvious but essential – taking notes allows you to keep track of particular quirks or points about each candidate. You will most likely be interviewing a number of potentials for the job and when it comes to making the final decision, having notes to draw back on will make sure you haven’t forgotten or confused any of the facts.


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