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  • 1. COMPILED BY B N NAGARAJ How to conduct interviews
  • 2. How to conduct interviews
    • Interview is a two way process
    • The interviewer is trying to assess the candidate for the job suitability
    • The candidate is trying to find out whether the organisation is fit to join along with job profile and salary fitment.
  • 3. Basics of interview
    • Inform the candidate much in advance about the date, venue and time of interview.
    • This will help the candidate to learn about the organisation and to prepare himself/herself for the interview.
  • 4. Different types of interview
    • Written test
    • Group discussion
    • Technical / Skill test
    • One to one personal interview with the panel of interviewers
  • 5. Types of interviews
    • Normally written test and group discussions are for entry level candidates or at Campus
    • Trade test / skill tests are given for candidates to test their skills Eg ; Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, Soft ware languages, Stenography, Computer package knowledge, Design etc.
  • 6. Stress interviews
    • For candidates who have prior experience are directly put on One to One interview where direct questions are asked to asses their professional skill and knowledge.
    • To find out the job fit and other man management skill.
    • To find out the salary and other benefits to see whether he/she fits to the norms of the Company
  • 7. Interview Panel
    • Normally interview panel consists of not more than 3 members.
    • One from the direct department
    • One from any other department / project who knows the subject of the post called for.
    • The other person will be from the HR department to monitor and to asses the Attitude and aptitude of the candidate
  • 8. Tips for interviewers
    • Study the resume of the candidate before hand.
    • Allow the HR representative to introduce the panel members to the Candidate
    • Let the interview begin with HR representative asking the basic questions like family background, previous organisation, educational qualification etc.,
    • Make the candidate feel free and comfortable.
    • Don’t start pouring questions one after the other as soon as the candidate comes in.
  • 9. Tips for interviewers
    • Take the lead from HR representative. When he gives the indication to start on the subject, do start questioning.
    • Start with simple basic questions on the subject to build confidence in the candidate.
    • Pose question and wait for the candidate to to think and answer.
    • Don’t rush him to answer.
  • 10. Tips for interviewer
    • If the candidate does not know answer properly don’t ridicule or condemn him/her. This will put the candidate into negative feeling and he/she will loose confidence.
    • If the candidate does not know the answer don’t try to teach him the answer but you can always give a lead to build his answer.
  • 11. Tips for interview
    • Never ridicule the candidate on the marks he has obtained in the college. It is all past. You can’t correct it.
    • Never ask questions on his caste, creed, religion. Leave this to HR representative as they know how to and when to pose these questions.
    • Never pose questions on any physical handicap of candidate. Eg : stammering, some forced habit,
    • Bear with it and point it out to HR representative later after the interview if such handicap will affect his normal functioning.
  • 12. Tips for interviewers
    • If the candidate is too nervous, help him to relax . Give him a scribbling pad and a pencil to demonstrate his answer. This will ease him out and he/she can explain better.
    • If three members are in the panel, let one person complete his questions and wait for the candidate to answer. Before he /she answers don’t pose one more question by another member of the panel.
  • 13. Tips for interviewers
    • Never get biased about the looks of the candidates.
    • Never ask delicate or embarrassing questions especially to lady candidates.
    • A Humour is always welcome. But see that it does not hurt the candidates’ feeling.
    • Never advise the candidate. He has not come for interview to take your advise.
  • 14. Tips for interviewers
    • Don’t boast about your past achievements. He/she will not be interested to know as to how you have come up.
    • Conduct the interview in a sequential pattern. Let one member finish at a time. As clarification you may interrupt. Don’t pose questions simultaneously.
  • 15. Tips for interviewers
    • We call the candidates to select and not to reject. See the positive points to select.
    • Try to find out the strengths rather than weakness of the candidate
    • If he/she does not answer a question, go to the next one. Don’t keep on stressing on the question untill he/she answers.
    • Find out whether he/she has grasping capacity and potential to grow.
    • Never argue with the candidate. Reason it out if he/she is argumentative.
  • 16. Tips for interviewers
    • Never show your dissatisfaction directly to the candidate.
    • If required ask the candidate to wait outside for some time. Discuss your points with HR representative and ask him to communicate the results of the interview to the candidate.
    • Leave the salary fitment to the HR representative and the discussions of salary details with the candidate. You may always give indication.
  • 17. Tips for interviewers
    • If there are more than one candidate for interview, please discuss with the panel immediately after the one candidate interview and rate him/her. You may forget, if you try to evaluate all candidates at the end of the interview.
    • Short list the candidates and discuss with HR representative the next course of action after interviewing all the candidates.
    • Give order of selection and alternative choice.
  • 18. Summing up
    • Close the interview with a good note.
    • Wish the candidate good luck.
    • Thank him for attending the interview.
    • Ask the candidate if he/she has some questions as clarification.
    • If the candidate poses questions please clarify him/her ,whether he /she is going to get selected or not. This gives a good impression about the company and the interviewers.
  • 19. Next time when you are in the panel please do remember these points Thank you Presentations Expert http://www.presentationsexpert.com