We’ve all been there, trying to fit in an interview with a potential employee into an already jam-packed day. Even if you have endless deadlines, problems with projects or back to back to meetings, it’s important to take time before an interview to prepare questions and consider what questions the candidate may have for you. Here are some tips to ensure the process runs smoothly from start to finish.

Use the job description to help you implement a list of questions that relate directly to the responsibilities of the role. Make sure to ask behavioural type questions, for example, ‘tell me about a time when you found a solution to a problem/faced a challenge in the workplace?’ Analysing their real-life experiences will give you a good indication of how they will perform.

Train senior members of the company hierarchy to be able to interview effectively, having them in the interview with you will help you decide on the best candidate as you can get their perspective as well. This will be useful if you’re not able to interview as you can allow trained staff to be the interviewer and trust their judgement.

Always review the candidate’s C.V. before interviewing them, this will help when choosing questions as you can ask about the work experience listed and the university they attended. This will give the interview a more personal feel and shows the candidate you have taken time out to ensure the interview is productive.

Outline the interview process for the candidate, they will be nervous so this will help them relax. Start by giving a company description and then mention the job role. Don’t give too much away about the company as you want the candidate to prove that they have done their research, so after briefly talking about the company ask them what they know about their company.

Make sure to cover all your questions but allow time for the candidate to talk about everything they want to. Remember, the candidate is deciding whether they want to work for you, just as much as you’re deciding whether you want to hire them. Be professional, articulate your company’s mission clearly and have a good tone of voice.