How To Conduct A Job Interview


Whenever a topic about job interviews is discussed, there is a prevalent notion that job seekers are the ones who feel the most pressure; however, this is not the case. The panel hosting the interview likewise bear significant responsibilities when finding the best candidate(s) in a competitive job market.

It’s always said that asking the right inquiries as well as appropriately preparing by interviewers augments the chances of an organization hiring the right personnel for a particular job. This is very true; nonetheless, there is very limited information that clearly states on what constitutes a ‘right question’ or what an interviewer should do to be best prepared for an interview.

Below are some important guidelines on how to conduct a job interview to find the right person for any job.

Conduct a Thorough Job Analysis

Interviewers should make an effort to employ the services of a ‘Subject Matter Professional’ in an effort to come up with a detailed list of the most sought-after skills sets that are required to guarantee a vacancy is filled by the best possible candidate. A thorough job description will aid the interviewers to come up with the best possible set of questions that help in finding the candidate who best fits the obligation of the job.

Thoroughly Review a Candidate’s Professional Background

Modern-day employers are interested in employing highly skilled and perceptive employees. Consequently, this means they are keen on proficiencies that go beyond specific job skills. In other words, employers are tasked with the responsibility to endorse candidates who give more than what is required. The only way for such a search to be successful requires a thorough review of potential employee’s working history.

Exercise Flexibility and Spontaneous Behavior

Employees come well prepared and this means some of their answers are rehearsed and may not offer the true picture of who they are or what skill they bring to the table. Interviewers should always be flexible to find relevant information from the unlikeliest of sources. Interviews that move from one basic question to the other are less likely to come up with the goods.

Find The Best Way To Make Candidates Relaxed and Calm

Interviews are like exams and carry significant anxiety for the candidates; consequently, it is easy for a qualified candidate to have a poor presentation. Interviewers should find a variety of ways that may aid a client to calm his or her nerves before questions are presented to them. Interviewers should try as much as possible not to communicate among themselves, give open personal opinions but take notes, have the interview in a private but relaxed environment. Additionally, the interviewers should not dominate the interview by doing more of listening and less of talking. This allows them to find more about the client than otherwise.

Interview With a Panel

An interview with a single individual offers less reliability even in an instance where professionalism is being exercised effectively. A panel offers a variety of opinions that best suit to highlight a well-rounded candidate. It is preferred that panel is made up five interviewers, of different genders, as well as different capacities professionally though related to the vacancy.

Timed Interview

When interviewers are well prepared in that they have their questions set, are knowledgeable about the job description, and have a specific obligation they are bound to have an interview session that is neither too long or too short. Since it is significant that all applicants are offered equal opportunities to answer as well as pitch themselves as the best bet, without the sensation of being hurried, it is wise that interviewers have a limit on the number of questions. A proffered rule of thumb suggests not less than four, as well as not more than six questions, are asked for every 30 minutes of an interview.

Take Comprehensive Notes About Candidates

Candidates are always advised to prepare their resume and never assume that the interviewer has gone through it. Interviewers are also required not to assume that all the information it resume is what they will follow up on. Therefore, they should note as much detailed information in the interview as possible. This information will later be compared with a candidate’s resume to present a more well-rounded potential employee.