Top tips for conducting an interview

As part of our Drug Discovery and Development Careers spotlight, we are releasing a range of employer aimed articles which aim to help you improve your ability to recruit and retain your quality staff. Our latest article written by Jim Gleeson gives his top tips on how to conduct an interview, take a look here:

It is not only the candidate that should prepare for the interview. The more preparation you do for the interview, the easier it will be for both you and the candidate to get the information that you need to make your decision.

Before the interview

Follow these simple steps to help you prepare:

  • Plan the interview climate. Think about things like the layout of the room, how will you develop a rapport etc. A stress-free interview in comfortable surroundings has been shown to facilitate a better flow of information. Make sure that you have plenty of time and the interview is not rushed, book the room in advance if you need to and make sure there are no interruptions.
  • Plan what questions you will ask by thoroughly reading the applicant’s CV or application form.
  • Look for any gaps in education or employment or things that don’t seem to add up that you may wish to explore.
  • Beware of possible discrimination in the questions you ask.
  • Know the job and person descriptions of the job really well so that your questions help you compare candidates and if they have questions for you, you can answer them.
  • If two or more people are interviewing, decide who will deal with what topics or who will lead the interview.
  • Think about what information candidates may want to know about the job and your organisation.
  • Plan the appointment – When you are arranging the appointment, make sure that the candidate has a map of where to come, a copy of the pharmaceutical job description and role specification, details of who they are meeting and when…………………….

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