Advertising a job and interviewing candidates

Preparing for the job interview


The more preparation you do for the interview, the easier it will be for both you and the candidate.

Plan the questions

  • Plan questions that give the candidate the chance to talk about their experience.
  • Ask about any information in their application that is not clear, or that you would just like to know more about.
  • Know the job description and person specification well so that your questions help you compare candidates.
  • If two or more people are interviewing, decide who will deal with what topics.
  • Think about what information candidates may want about the job and your organisation.

Prepare questions that need more than a 'yes' or 'no' answer. For example:

  • Tell us why you are interested in this job.
  • What were/are your main responsibilities in your previous/current job?
  • Why did/do you want to leave your previous/current job?
  • Where do you see yourself in five years' time?
  • Looking back at your career, what would you have done differently?

Making arrangements for the interview

  • Make sure that the interview room is properly prepared.
  • Find out if a candidate has any special requirements before they arrive.
  • Make sure there will be no interruptions.
  • Brief other members of staff, such as receptionists, to expect the candidate.
  • Allow enough time for the interview so you don't have to rush.