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5 Tips For Conducting Your First Job Interview

You might feel a bit nervous about conducting an interview, especially if you’ve NEVER done anything like it before. Although it’s only natural to feel apprehensive before trying something new, you must remain calm and confident for the good of the candidate. In order to make sure the interview runs smoothly and you get the most out of it, you need to make sure you are prepared. Follow our 5 tips to conducting a successful interview:

Practice makes perfect

If you have the option to, we advise shadowing a colleague or employer during an interview to get a better understanding of what is expected from your side. Conducting an interview with no experience could end up as a disaster, especially if you don’t know what questions to ask etc. Even if you just end up practising with one of your colleagues we definitely advise it. It’s good to make sure you have a well-structured interview and that you know exactly how to approach candidates before diving into your first one. Ask your manager to sit in on a practice interview and provide you with some feedback.

 

Know what you are looking for

It’s important that you establish what you are looking for in your candidate before you begin interviewing. This is why it’s important to have a strong, informative job advert before beginning your candidate search. By clearly mapping out what skills and experience you are looking for, you will hopefully be interviewing a group of relevant and qualified candidates, this will massively reduce your hiring time and cost (win, win). You can then plan your questions around the job description that you have provided, enabling you to gather valuable information about the candidate and the role.

 

Ask the right questions

The questions you ask are a crucial factor in making sure you get all of the right information, this is why it’s important to plan. A mixture of behavioural and situational questions are perfect. This way you can get a good insight into the candidates work history and experiences whilst asking them to apply their skills and knowledge to potential situations that may arise within the job role. It’s really important to ask a couple of questions that will allow you to get an insight into the candidate on a personal level. By asking questions that will reflect their personality you will be able to make judgements about whether they will be the right fit for your team.

 

Give them time to talk

After asking your questions, it’s important that you listen carefully to the candidate’s responses and make notes throughout. Try to avoid cutting candidates short or interrupting them, you need to respect that this is their time to speak and they may need to take their time. By making them feel more at ease and giving them time to respond, you will hopefully receive more informative and honest answers. Your body language will play a key role in the answers that you receive, you need to make sure you look as though you are engaging and listening to them. After all, the interview is their time to shine (not yours!)

 

End on a nice note

At the end of the interview, encourage the candidate to ask any questions that they may have. It’s important to provide them with in-depth answers to ensure that you really sell the role and company to them and provide them with any information they may need. Make sure you end the interview by thanking the candidate for their time, this is key. It’s also nice to give the candidate a rough idea about how long they will be waiting to hear a response for too. Lastly, make sure you don’t leave it too long, read our blog post about why it’s important not to keep a candidate waiting.

2 Comments

  1. Alexander Alison

    Great! Thank you so much for this easy and informative tips. I’ll probably apply this tips in the future. Wish me luck 🙂

  2. Jessa Camacho

    I’m glad I came across this article. I have now an idea on how to ask the right questions soon.Wish me luck 🙂

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