Running a successful interview


The interview forms a key part of the recruitment process. It’s your opportunity to understand the background, experience and personality of your applicants, how they will fit with your team culture, what they will bring to the role and how that will benefit your business.

Below are the key steps to ensure you run a successful interview, and gain relevant information to make a good recruitment decision.


It’s important to have clearly defined role objectives and responsibilities and to understand the skill set and personality fit required to meet those objectives and perform successfully.

We recommend you prepare tailored interview forms and use the same interview questions for each applicant. This will enable you to match the interview structure and questions to the level of the role as well as compare ‘apples with apples’ when making your decision. Also conduct a thorough CV review so that you are prepared with relevant job history questions for each applicant.

Interview Structure

Ideally you should follow a standard interview structure for everyone you see. Again, this will allow you to easily compare candidates at the end of the interview process and make an informed decision. Remember to keep your candidates talking 60-70% of the time.

Interview Questions

Asking open-ended questions the majority of the time will allow you to gather as much information as possible. Use a mix of situational and behavioural questions as well as ensuring that you explore what the candidates want in a new role.

Finally, remember this is your opportunity to promote your role and company so that you can secure the best candidate in the market.

If you would like to learn more about running a successful interview we run complimentary interview workshops at our office.

To find out more please contact Lisa Hill on 09 973 1879 or email

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