Interview Conducting is effective when both the interviewee and Interviewer are prepared in advance. Thus, Preparation and planning made by the interviewer in advance helps in making the interview well organized.
Interview Conducting Tips
- Before the interview.
- During the Interview.
- After the Interview.
Before the Interview
Following preparation should be made by the interviewer before the interview:
1. Main purpose of interview: The interviewer should be clear about the main reason for carrying out the interview and what exactly he wants from the candidates.
2. Familiarizing with relevant Information: Interviewer should be informed about the number of applications received,resumes of the candidates, vacancies available,requirement for those job vacancies,etc.
3. Arrangements for the Interview: Scheduling the interview, i.e., deciding the date,venue for the interview is the sole responsibility of interviewer. Size of the room,furniture within it, discipline during the interview,temperature of the room,etc., should be checked in advance by the interviewer.
4. Organizing the Interview: Before starting up the interview, interviewer can make a list of points to be discussed in order to make the interview more organised and time-saving. Use of formal interview evaluation form helps the interviewer to check the suitability of the candidate for the post available and is also considered as a good source of keeping interview record for future.
During the Interview
1. Healthy opening: The interview we should start the interview in such a way that the candidate gets motivated to communicate freely and confidently. A healthy opening helps in creating a comfortable environment for the interviewee.
2. Encouraging the Candidate: In case the interviewer observes nervousness on the face of the candidate, he should encourage the candidate and boost up his morale by using certain cheering words.
3. Explaining Main Purpose to Candidate: As soon as the candidate regains his confidence and starts feeling comfortable, the interviewer should tell him the main aim of the interview.
4. Asking Questions: Interviewer should ask the questions regarding whatever he wants to know about the candidate. Depending upon the choice of the interviewer, the questions can be either open-ended or close-ended.
5. Wrap-up the Interview: The interviewer should wrap-up the interview by saying that he needs some time to think over the entire interview that took place and can ask the candidate to wait, if required.
After the Interview
Important points that should be well thought-out by the interviewer after the interview is over are as follows:
1. Unbiased Evaluation: Sometimes, it happens that the interviewer does not select a particular candidate just because of his personal business towards him. This unfairness must be avoided as it veils the potentiality of the candidate.
2. Set Specific Standards: Specific standards should be established and followed by the interviewer for final evaluation of a candidate so that the results remain impartial.