There are many components of the recruitment process, but it often boils down to the interview stage. This is where you gather the most suitable candidates and then engage them in the hope of finding the best candidate for your firm and position. The following guide will help you plan your interview process while making the most of the experience.

The Pre-Interview Stage

If you want to make the interview stage run as smoothly as possible, you need to prepare during the pre-interview stage.
If you have received CVs or applications, study these in detail and familiarise yourself with the people you will speak with, and what they have to offer.

This stage is an ideal time to detail relevant strengths and weaknesses you want to consider in greater detail. While most firms want to speed up the recruitment process, allocating time to these tasks will significantly enhance the experience for yourself and applicants.

While many firms have set questions they ask every candidate, if there are issues you wish to explore, create questions that help you find the answers you need.

The Interview Process

While you ask the questions during the interview, the process should feature some give and take between yourself and the candidate. You need to ascertain whether the candidate is a good fit for your organisation, but don’t forget the candidate may be assessing you and your suitability for them.

Some candidates are in the running for a variety of jobs and roles at any given point. You want to make sure you impress a candidate, so be professional and welcoming. If you pride yourself on having a particular brand or culture, make sure this comes through in the interview process.

You should:
• Introduce the role and how it fits within your organisation
• Introduce your company and engage the candidate on their suitability to work for you
• Listen and respond to what the candidate says – Don’t just acknowledge an answer and move on, the interview process can be fluid and flexible
• Ask open-ended questions which allow candidates to expand on their thoughts, giving you more insight into them and what they offer
• Take notes

If you follow these steps throughout the interview process, you will present yourself well while providing the applicant with an opportunity to promote themselves for the role.

The Post-Interview Process

The post-interview process is as much about positioning yourself as the right choice of firm as it is about common courtesy. Many applicants devote a lot of time and effort to the recruitment process, and this should be acknowledged.

If you are looking for additional tips to improve the post interview process, consider the following steps:
· Engage the candidate on social media platforms such as LinkedIn
· Contact the applicant to say thank you, either by post or email
· If you commit to offering feedback or following up with a candidate by a specific date, do so

This guide will hopefully cover the main stages of the candidate interview process. If you would like further assistance, please contact The Recruiting Office.

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