How to conduct an interview for the first time


Step by step instructions on how to direct an initial interview will rely upon how well you know the role you are interviewing for and how much research you have conducted on the interviewee as well.

Making sure that you have read through the interviewee’s CV is going to provide you with the questions that you should be asking within the interview.

You can also find a staffing agency in Milton Keynes to help you with these processes.

Reading through a prospective employee’s CV will highlight any of the key areas that they have recognised as being relevant to the job that they are applying for. Having this information to hand will allow for you to formulate questions surrounding their experience, how they can apply their knowledge to this new role, what tools/software did they use whilst developing their skills (is the software that they were using relevant to the position they are interviewing for or will you need to train them up?), where do they feel that they are lacking in regards to their knowledge when it comes to being able to complete the tasks at hand in their new role, etc.

Directing an appropriate meeting will assist with supporting your wagers against employing a competitor who doesn’t find a place with the way of life of the business among other significant perspectives.

Here are a couple of tips on the best way to lead a new employee interview.

Speak to the people/department that the new employee will be joining before interviewing

Oftentimes, interviewers will assume that they know the entirety of the job role in question and will miss the mark when it comes to formulating the right questions.

If possible, speak to the department manager that the new employee would be working under in order to get the most accurate and detailed job specification as possible before conducting an interview.

Having the most relevant questions is always going to benefit your hunt for the best fit for the job. Asking questions about details which may have otherwise been left out such as ‘is there any tool that you are looking to use that would benefit the productivity of the department that you would ideally like someone to have experience with?’ would be a great piece of insight to gain as this would directly benefit the department and also give potential employees the chance to impress in an interview.

Bring a notepad/take notes

You may think that you can remember everything that has been said in an interview, but, if you are seeing three or more people in one day for the same job, details can quickly become mixed up or forgotten about.

Always remember to either take notes yourself, or better yet, have a third party write down any important information that has been said within the interview so that you can focus solely on what the interviewee is saying and how they come across, etc.

Check to see if all of your tech is working

If you are looking to hire candidates through online meetings through video conferencing software, it is important to see if you have everything set up correctly and if the meeting is accessible for the interviewee as well.

Make sure that you are aware of the small details that go into online meetings, for example, Zoom has a 30-minute cut off time for free accounts if you are holding more of a skill-based interview then it would be a good idea to schedule a shorter interview to combat this.

Technology is great…when it works. That’s why, before each meeting you take, you should always use the ‘test’ feature on your online meeting platform of choice and ensure that you can both hear yourself speaking and that the video component of your webcam is fully functioning as well.

If you have any more questions on how to conduct an interview for the first time, you can get in touch with a staffing agency in MIlton Keynes to answer any questions you may have in regards to finding the right candidate for the job.