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How to Interview Job Candidates (The Definitive Guide)

How to Interview Job Candidates

Understanding how to conduct an interview can be daunting. But it’s an essential part of a successful hiring process.

Interviewing well takes practice and constant improvement. You never fully “have it down.”

Not only that but candidates, your company, and the hiring environment are constantly changing. But by continuously learning (even if it’s a few minutes a week) you can stay ahead of the competition and win the talent game.

This guide, filled with links to the best interview tips, interview techniques and job interview questions is the perfect starting point to kick off your educational process (or improve what you’re already doing).

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Web’s Best How to Interview Resources

This interview guide covers interview styles, specific questions to ask and how to stay on the right side of the law throughout the interview and hiring process!




Before You Get Started Interview

The whole interview process can be daunting.

Fortunately there is plenty of help to get you through it. The best way to get through challenging processes is to break them down into smaller pieces.

Before we jump into each section, it can be helpful to get a lay of the land to get a sense for what is coming. Even skimming through these links below will get you ready to tackle things bit by bit.

The resources below will show you how to set up your interview, what approaches are best for different positions and how long your interview should be.



Interview Process & Scheduling

The process starts with scheduling interviews with your shortlisted candidates.

It may seem simple enough to just contact them.

But how should you reach out?

When should you schedule interviews?

Do you batch them all in one day?

The links below will show you how to run an interview process, how to effeciently schedule those interviews and what the best times are for an interview.



Types of Interviews

Not all interviews are created equally.

There are different ways and angles to approach learning more about someone as a potential employee.

Your requirements will vary depending on your industry and the function you are hiring for. However, it can be helpful to learn about how other people approach interviews and learning about which methods they use.

The resources below will guide you through different interview techniques, interview styles, and the pros and cons of stress during an interview.



Considering a Remote Interview

Face-to-face interviews are crucial to actually get to know someone. However, in the early stages, when the funnel is still wide, remote interviews can be very efficient and effective.

The links below will show you how to conduct a great phone interview and how to successfully run a video interview.



Interview Questions

Your interview is scheduled… but what should you ask?

There is a lot of content about the best interview questions to ask. The bottom line is that you need to adapt the questions to your industry, to the role, and yes, to your personality.

The links below contain hundreds of potential interview questions to use in your process. Remember, these should be starting points for you.

Pick the ones that work for you, mix and match, and test to see what works best for you. 

Make sure to give your candidate the opportunity to ask you, the interviewer, a few questions towards the end of the interview. 



Legal Issues

Interviewing can be a delicate process from a legal standpoint. Make sure you understand what is advisable and what is not.

As always, these are just some resources. They are by no means meant to be a comprehensive list of all the potential legal issues.

When in doubt, always consult with a qualified attorney.

These links below show you what interview questions are illegal to ask and the do’s and don’ts of an interview.



Documenting Your Outcome

The power of saying and doing all the right things is multiplied when you have a solid paper trail of everything that transpired.

Don’t let a lack of diligence in this area undermine your otherwise stellar efforts!

Use the resource below to learn about why documenting what you did in the interview is so important.



The Follow-Up

You want to have a good reputation with your applicants, and you want all of them (yes, even the ones who are not a fit for you) to have a good impression of your company.

A little effort in closing the loop goes a long way.

The resources below go over why follow-ups matter, the impact of a follow-up and how to be considerate with your follow-ups.



Interview for Specific Positions

It would be impossible to include questions for every functional area and industry. We have listed a few of the more popular types of jobs.

Do you have a good resource for a particular job or industry?

Tell us in the comments, and we will evaluate it for inclusion in the guide!

The resources below provide insights into how to interview for specific positions like sales, customer service, engineering, nurses and more.

You can download all these interview tips and more with our free PDF of the How to Interview Candidates: The Definitive Guide!

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Pablo Fuentes

Pablo Fuentes was the Founder and CEO of Proven. He was also the host and producer of the Small Business War Stories podcast. Pablo is currently the Founder of makepath, a spatial analysis firm. He is a graduate of the Stanford Graduate School of Business and UCLA. He loves dogs, film photography, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He is also a blues guitar player and builder.

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