Interviewing - Successful Selection

by Jane Tredgett

Interview introduction

The first thing is to make sure that your interviewee is put at their ease. You do not see someone’s full potential if they are a bag of nerves!

Make sure that you explain the interview process – in other words that you will be asking them a series of questions, which are the same for all candidates and that there will be time at the end for them to ask any questions they have.

Giving information about the job

You may wish to say a few words about the job here – if you do, be careful not to give away the answers you are looking for and lead interviewees to give you the answers they think you want. For this reason, you may wish to say more about the job at the end of the interview in answer to their questions.

If you do decide to say a bit about the job at this stage – be careful not to oversell it. While it is important that you make the job sound attractive, it is not professional or beneficial to misrepresent it. If the job does not live up to your promises, it is likely the new person will be disappointed and will not stay around for long. It is also useful to talk about some of the demands that the job may entail – for example, that hours can be long and that sometimes unsociable/weekend work may be required, or that shift work is the norm and so on. This way, candidates are fully informed before they start the job as to what may be expected.