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A First-Timer’s Guide to Conducting an Interview

Employer conducting their first interview with a potential candidate.

So, it’s your first interview with a candidate as an employer.  Congratulations!  You’ve selected someone that you’ve felt is worthy enough to be considered for the position you are looking to fill.  What’s next? First off, you’re going to want to compile a list of questions to ask the prospective employee. Some helpful starting points might be to ask them to tell you about their work history and detail their past experience. 

Beyond that, consider these to continue the conversation:

  • Why are you interested in coming to work for us?
  • What attracts you to this specific position?
  • What makes you an ideal candidate for this position?
  • How can you contribute to our company’s overall success?
  • Do you work better by yourself or with a team?
  • Tell me about a time where you made an impact in your most recent position.

Essentially, definitely don’t just “wing it,” especially if it’s your first time doing something like this.  Make sure that you are adequately prepared to not only ask the person you are interviewing these questions and any others that you may think of, but to answer any questions they have prepared for you.  Remember to be honest, transparent, and to give them the most important need-to-know information.

Make sure that there is a reasonable form of communication established between you both once the interview is finished.  Give them your email (if they don’t already have it), and tell them when they can expect to hear from you if you are able.
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Posted on April 9, 2020. Categorized as . Tagged as .

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