There are a number of things that should be prepared before the interview takes place, some well in advance, others just before. Below is a checklist:
- Book a room - make sure that you have somewhere suitable to conduct your interview. If you do not have somewhere suitable on your premises then take them out to a local café if you can.
- Make sure that on the day of the interviews there will be no interruptions. Turn your mobile phone off and put your office phone on silent. There is nothing worse than having a phone ringing when someone is trying to answer a question.
- Prepare questions - use a combination of generic interview questions and competency based interview questions.
Order stationery - make sure that you have sufficient copies of everything you need, from brochures or factsheets about the company, to pens and paper for note-taking.
- Re-read the documentation - go over the job description and person specification to be sure you are familiar with the contents, as well as the application form/CV submitted by each candidate.
It takes two to tango when it comes to interviewing - remember the more you prepare the better the interview will flow and the more relevant information will be gained.