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Conducting an interview? Keep these three important things in mind so you can conduct them effectively

by , 22 October 2014
When conducting interviews, it's easy to get side tracked and, before you know it, the process isn't turning out like you had planned.

Luckily, you can avoid falling into this trap and conduct your interviews effectively if you have the know-how.

Continue reading to discover the three important points you must keep in mind when it comes to conducting interviews.


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Keep these three points in mind so you can conduct interviews effectively

 
According to bizfilings.com, in conducting the interview, the most important things to keep in mind are:
 
1. Your role as the interviewer
 
Your role as the interviewer includes conveying the following information to the applicant:
 
  • The nature of the job;
  • The skills you want;
  • Benefits;
  • Working conditions;
  • Information about your business;
  • Which questions to ask and how to ask them; and
  • Which questions not to ask.
 
You must also anticipate questions from the applicant as well.
 
2. Which questions to ask and how to ask them
 
In getting information from job candidates, you should ask yourself if the information is really needed to judge an applicant's competence or qualifications for the job. If it's not, don't ask it, says the site.
 
Experts behind the Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf Service share the same sentiments.
 
They say, you can't ask a potential candidate anything you want to.

They warn, 'a candidate could take you to the Labour Court if you ask a question that he feels unfairly discriminates against him and you could end up paying thousands in compensation.'
 
You must ask questions that relate to the requirements of the job.
 
3. Questions not to ask in an interview
 
According to bizfilings.com, in seeking information from a job applicant, you should ask yourself:
 
  • Will the answer to this question, if used in making a selection, have an unfair effect in screening out minorities or members of one sex?
 
  • Is this information really needed to judge an applicant's competence or qualifications for the job in question?
 
In a nutshell, stay away from discriminatory questions.
 
Keeping these three points in mind will help ensure you conduct interviews effectively.
 
PS: For practical advice, tools, checklists and samples that cover every single step of recruitment, get your hands on Recruitment: The Complete Guide.

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