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Conducting an Effective Job Interview

 

The job interview is one the most important part of the recruitment process. It is the only time when you can have a long conversation with a candidate and explore whether they are able and willing to do the job. It is also a time for you to assess if he or she will fit well into your company’s culture. The job interview offers you a better sense of the candidate’s personality and character much more than reading a CV or an email from the candidate.

 

No matter how busy you are, always find time to prepare for the interview. The job interview is a chance for you to impress the candidate and increase the likelihood of the candidate accepting the job offer at a later stage should you and your hiring team find the candidate suitable.

 

 

 

Areas to include in your interview preparation

 

Communicating with candidates

When inviting candidates for interview, what information should you share with them? If you require them to bring along copies of references, educational certificates etc, include this information in your email interview invitation to them.

 

Interview location

Decide where the interviews will be held and book the chosen meeting room in advance. Ensure that the room will be clean and tidy to leave the candidate with a positive impression of your company.

 

Length of interview

How long do you estimate the initial interview would last? It is advisable to give the candidate an estimate of how long the interview might take.

 

Choice of interviewers and style of interview

How many people will interview the candidate in the first round? Might it be just HR and/or the hiring manager? Should it be a panel interview?

 

Number of times a candidate will be interviewed

Should the candidate be interviewed once before an offer is made? Generally for mid to senior level positions, there may be a second or third interview, so that the interviewers and candidate can get to know each other better.

 

Types of interview

If a face-to-face interview is not possible, will there be an interview over the phone or via video conferencing? A face-to-face interview is always a preferred option since you can observe the body language of the candidate.

 

Preparing the interviewers

Who will be making sure that each interviewer will be given copies of the candidates’ CVs and the job description?

 

 

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Why Evolution?

 

Great recruitment experience

We develop close and effective working partnerships with clients to ensure we understand their strategic challenges and search requirements.

 

Deep market insights in IT recruitment

Attracting and retaining IT talent begin with knowing what appeals to them. Conducting research studies and gathering market intelligence are essential parts of our search approach.

 

Ambitious, Innovative and Collaborative

Our values guide our approach to recruiting the best-matched talent for our clients and securing the best opportunities for our candidates.

 

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