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How to Conduct an Interview

As a business owner or manager, you may find yourself conducting an interview from time to time. If you’ve never interviewed someone before, you may be wondering the best way to conduct an interview. While the process will be different for every company and job opening, there are some tips you can follow for a successful interview.

Understand the job you are hiring for

It is important to fully understand the position you are hiring for. Review the job description that was posted or provided before conducting the interview. You should know the job responsibilities, necessary experience level, and education or technical skills required for the position. It is also a good idea to have some characteristics in mind for the personality that will help round out your team.

Review the candidate’s resume and portfolio

Read over the candidate’s resume before conducting the interview. This will provide you with information on their work history relevant to the job they are seeking. You can also use this information to help formulate questions for the actual interview. If it is appropriate for the position, ask to see their portfolio. Reviewing relevant work samples can provide a clear picture of their skills and abilities.

Prepare questions

After reviewing their application and resume, is there anything you’d like the candidate to explain or elaborate on? Maybe they completed an interesting project or led a team. You could also spot gaps or other concerns in their resume. Preparing questions will give the candidate a fair chance to fill in any missing information.

Lower the stress level

If this is your first time conducting an interview, you may be nervous. You want to hire the right person for the job. Remember that the candidate is also likely nervous for the interview. Offer them water when they arrive and be friendly and welcoming. It is also a good idea to provide a brief overview of the structure of the interview before getting started. That way, you both know what to expect during the interview process.

Limit the number of people in the interview

You may be tempted to bring several team members or colleagues into the interview as well. If you feel that another opinion is needed, limit the total number of people in the interview. Two or three people conducting an interview is usually enough. If there are too many voices and opinions, you might have a difficult time making a decision. Also, your candidate may be intimidated if there is a crowd interviewing them.

Answer their questions

Let the candidate ask questions about the job and your company. This is also their chance to interview you and see if the company is a good fit for them. They may have questions about job responsibilities, company culture, benefits, or salary. Answer their questions to the best of your ability and follow up with any outstanding questions after the interview.

Conducting your first interview can be both exciting and nerve-wracking. While it is a relief to not be sitting in the hot seat during an interview, you may feel the pressure that comes along with hiring someone. Preparing thoroughly before your interview will help the entire process go smoothly. Understand the job responsibilities, learn about your candidate, and ask relevant questions to learn if they are the right fit for the job. In the end, you will have to trust your instincts and the information gathered during the interview to make the right hiring decision.

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