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Employers: Follow this checklist to make sure you're as prepared for the interview as the job candidate

by , 22 October 2014
It's not only your job candidate who must prepare for the interview. As the interviewer, you must prepare too.

If you don't, your interview will fall flat.

What's more, candidates will notice that you're unprepared. As a result, you'll damage your company's reputation as you'll be known as an unprofessional interviewer who doesn't take job candidates seriously.

Luckily, we have a tool to help you avoid this.

Follow this checklist to make sure you're as prepared for the interview as the job candidate...


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Once you have a list of applicants who meet your criteria, use this checklist to make sure you're prepared for the interview

 
1. Go over the resume one final time. Make sure you've thoroughly checked dates, gaps and any concerns.
 
2. Make sure you have a list of interview questions.
 
As Taryn Strugnell, the Managing Editor of Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf Service, explains, you'll get the information you need and base your decision on facts and not your gut-feel.
 
'Don't wing it, you won't cover the ground you need to,' she cautions.
 
3. Formulate any queries you might have with any information.
 
4. If you have forms that the applicant filled in, check these and make sure they've been filled in completely and correctly.
 
5. Do research on the position as well as the applicant's current position. You don't want to be caught out by an applicant who knows more than you do!
 
While you don't have to be an expert on every position that exists, you need to know enough to interact intelligently and provide information when asked. If in doubt, always ask the applicant to expand on what they've said or to qualify a statement.
 
6. Review the job description and specifications before the interview, especially if you're interviewing various applicants for different positions in one day
 
Using this checklist will help ensure you're well prepared for the interview.
 
PS: To ensure every step of your recruitment is legal and effective, check out Recruitment: The Complete Guide.


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