II. Hiring a new employee
G. Preparing for the interview
- Determine approximately how long each interview will take.
- Schedule the interviews relatively close together for better comparison of the candidates.
- Schedule a room or location that is private and where you will be undisturbed during the interviews.
- Contact the applicants by phone or by letter inviting them to the interview, being specific as to day, time, location, and length of time they can expect to be on campus.
Note: Length of time is especially important if the applicant will be interviewed by a number of constituencies or groups over a period of a full day or more. Outside of higher education, this is often not what applicants will expect, and many will not have planned to spend a full day being interviewed.
- Read the applicant's written materials prior to beginning the interview, taking note of follow-up questions you might ask, such as gaps in the work history or clarifying the type of position held. Don't waste time asking questions about information that is already included on the resume/application, unless clarification or elaboration are important.
last revised: 7/1/2007
last reviewed: 2/17/2012