Conducting an interview is one of the major and the most essential step
in the process of hiring an employee. A Job Interview provides the
employer a deeper insight into the candidate's background, job
experience, personality and various other things which can help the
employer scrutinize the suitability of the candidate for the job. It serves as the basis for evaluating the candidate and concluding if he/she deserves the particular job or not. It is also a chance for the applicant to
get to know about the business and the job position in a more comprehensive way so as to make a proper decision on whether to accept the job offer or not. Listed below are some tips on how the employers can make the interview simple, apt and less time-consuming:
1. The person taking the interview should always greet the candidate
warmly i.e. a firm handshake and a sweet statement, which
conveys a sense of comfort to the candidate.
2. An outline of the interview should be made i.e. the questions to be
asked, time to be given for each answer, etc. The resume should be
well studied and the information extracted from it should be very
specific and to the point.
3. The questions should be short and open-ended.
The questions should be based on the following: -
a) Skills required.
b) Nature of the job.
d) To obtain evidence regarding the skills mentioned in
Information should be provided on the following: -
a) The working environment and the conditions.
b) Benefits of the job.
c) Business information.
d) Pay (not compulsory).
4. The information about the job and the business should be provided
and the main motive and reason behind the job should be well
explained as it helps the applicants to adapt to the exact
5. While closing the interview the candidates should be thanked with
all regards for giving their time and interest. The reciprocation
period should be clearly indicated and the next steps to be
completed by the candidate should be explained.
6. The notes should be evaluated in a thorough unbiased manner.
Finally, the most deserving candidate should be given the job
Furthermore, there are certain federal laws in certain states against
discrimination in hiring (Equal Remuneration Act of 1976 in India).
Following are some questions from which the interviewer should refrain
1. Personal questions, concerning: -
c) Marital status.
f) National origin.
2. Questions like are you married? do you have children? From
where did you get that accent? Where were you born? Do you
have a spouse, where is he/she from? Etc. should be avoided as
they can make the candidate feel uncomfortable and it can also
cause trouble for the hiring company.
3. Even if the applicant offers some information about
himself/herself voluntarily, it should be simply ignored and should
not be engaged with.
4. Yes or no questions should be avoided and descriptive questions
should be asked. The candidate should be given an opportunity to
share his/her experiences if relevant as it only helps the employer
to know more about the candidate.