Interviewing - Successful Selection

by Jane Tredgett

The qualities of a good interviewer

How effective an interview is depends, for the main, on how good the interviewer is. A good interviewer will be

  • Well prepared
  • Confident
  • Positive about the company and role
  • A ‘role model’ for the prospective candidate in terms of dress/approach/timeliness/manner and so on
  • Good at asking searching, relevant and non-discriminatory questions
  • Good at listening to what is being said and what is not being said
  • Unhurried
  • Observant
  • Able to tie up verbal and non-verbal communication and analyse any contradictions, as well as being able to hear what is not being said and probe for additional clarification
  • Polite
  • Encouraging
  • An accurate note taker
  • Punctual
  • Well organised
  • A good time keeper
  • Consistent.

A good interviewer will usually follow a consistent, well-structured format.

This is important because it helps the interviewer stick to time, keeps the interview on track and helps to give all the candidates a fair chance and prevent any accusations of discrimination. It also helps give confidence to anyone new to interviewing.


Score yourself out of ten on each of the qualities listed above to help you to recognise your skills and identify key areas to work on to develop yourself.