What Should I Include at a First Interview?
You have a vacancy, you’ve advertised it online or through a recruitment agency, you’ve shortlisted the best candidates and now it’s time to start interviewing. But what should you ask your candidates? Read on to find out.
The aim of the first interview is to find out as much information as you can about an applicant beyond their CV. Your questions should reflect this; they should be carefully chosen to illicit detailed responses. Things to find out include:
- The candidate’s personal values
- The candidate’s ideal working environment
- How the candidate prefers to be managed
- Their past performance / how they deal with challenges
- Why they are applying for the job / why they are leaving their old employer
- What skills they have that will benefit your company
- Their views on professional and personal development
The best approach is to form a question that will provide the information you want but without asking directly, ensuring the candidate’s honesty. For example, if you want to know what a candidate’s values are, you might ask them what their greatest achievement at work was. They will likely talk about what they have achieved in relation to their values. If you’re looking for someone dedicated to customer service, maybe you don’t want to consider someone whose greatest achievement was a big sale.
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