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How to Conduct a Job Interview.

Jul 27, 2008
Conducting a job interview is a most important responsibility for any manager or supervisor. Using their judgment and skill to choose the best person for the job, they ensure the future of the organization.

Giving a job interview is not an easy task for first time interviewers. The main quality needed to conduct a good interview is self confidence. You must be seen to be approachable yet in authority. The interviewer's attitude and the first impression they give the candidate will affect the candidate's performance. It is natural for employers as well as the candidate to be nervous during a job interview. Ensure that you stay on the topic and create a welcoming atmosphere. A warm greeting and firm handshake will do much to create this atmosphere.

At the time the interview, meet the candidate and greet him/her warmly, thanking them for taking the time to come to the interview. It is important to establish good eye contact at this time as it will make your task easier. Then direct the candidate to a comfortable seat. This will assist in reducing tension and will ensure a successful start to the interview. Asking the right kind of questions, at the right time is very important when conducting a job interview. It is advisable to ask the questions in increasing order of importance. Begin with general questions such as "Tell me about yourself,", "Why do you wish to work with us," etc. Always listen carefully to the answers the candidate gives. A prepared set of questions will allow you to do this. Take your own time and plan your questions well.

After the initial general questions take a short break and have an informal chat with the candidate before starting with the next series of questions. This will create a more relaxed atmosphere and will assist the candidate in answering the questions as best they can. This next level of questions includes those which tell you how much skill and talent a person has and whether they are right for the job. From these questions you will be able to highlight the applicant?s talent and expertise. Be sure to note down every point you observe, as it will benefit you when you are making the final decision. Some of the important questions asked in this section are those that are asking the candidate what they are looking for in a job, why they should be considered for the position, what can you offer over another candidate etc.

Deciding whether a candidate is best suited for a particular job or choosing among equally qualified candidates, is a difficult task. You must be able to judge and ask appropriate questions so that will give you the necessary information to help you with the decision making. You may choose to ask questions related to the candidate's previous experiences, behavior and relationships with co-workers, management style, what they are looking for in a job, and their suitability as a team member.

Finish the interview as it was started, with a friendly thank you and a firm handshake. Then take a few minutes to reflect before commencing the next interview. Rushed interviews will lead to rushed decisions and if you make the wrong choice, it could be disastrous for the company.
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