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Your interviewee isn't the only one who must prepare for the interview

by , 03 October 2014
Most employers believe interviewees are the only people who must prepare for the interview. After all, they are the ones who are desperate for jobs and they need to make an impression.

This assumption is wrong.

You too, as the interviewer, must prepare.

If you don't, you run the risk of not finding the right candidate. What's more, you could open yourself to labour disputes. For example, you could ask an illegal question during the interview because of your lack of preparation and later on, the candidate could take you to the CCMA for unfair discrimination.

So where do you begin when preparing for the interview? Follow these five guidelines to cover your bases.

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Follow these five guidelines to prepare for the interview 

Guideline #1: Go over the CV just before the interview. Make sure you've made notes of any gaps or areas of concern.

Guideline #2: Write down any questions you might have about the CV or candidate.
Guideline #3: If there are forms the applicant had to fill in during his application, check them. Make sure he has filled them in completely and correctly.
Guideline #4: Do research on the position as well as the applicant's current position, says the Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf Service.
'You don't have to be an expert on every job/position that exists, but you need to know enough to interact intelligently and provide information,' adds the Loose Leaf Service.
Don't be the employer who gets caught out by an applicant who knows more than you do!
Guideline #5: Review the job description and specifications before the interview, especially if you're interviewing various applicants for different positions in one day.
Here's the bottom line: You won't find the right candidate if you don't prepare for employee interviews. So follow these guidelines to prepare. And remember, your interviewee isn't the only one who must prepare for the interview.

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