New to HR? Conducting Your First Interview

new to hr? conducting your first interview

Employers interview candidates in a number of ways, and no two businesses operate in exactly the same way. I’m sure there have been interviews throughout your career that you disliked, disliked the technique utilized, or felt the information requested or provided had nothing to do with the actual position.

New to HR? Conducting Your First Interview


The first interview you do will be an emotional roller coaster. Practice is advised because of this. Will the interview be one-on-one, in a group, over the phone, or over Skype? Finding the best questions will be easier if you are aware of this information. Some businesses use a free flow interviewing method, while others have predetermined interview questions for each candidate.

Now that things have flipped around, you are the person you previously didn’t care for too much. Interviewing is not a simple activity, especially the first few that you conduct by yourself. You are aware of the appropriate and inappropriate questions to ask, but how can you tell which ones will best suit your prospective new employee? Here are some pointers on how to handle your first interview as an HR novice.

Practice, Practice, Practice

Five minutes before the applicant stepped through the door, I had my very first interview because the other assistant manager had to depart due to an urgent situation. I had never even attended an interview other than my own! You must practice everything, including your posture and any questions you might pose. Understand this interview like the back of your hand.

Make Notes

Even though you shouldn’t record the interviewee’s response word for word, it’s crucial to record their responses to your most important questions because you won’t remember everything that was said.

Make it a Conversation

No matter if it’s their first or fiftyth interview, candidates are typically anxious because they’re entering uncharted terrain and hoping to land a job. Instead of asking them closed-ended questions, engage them in conversation to learn more about them personally. Always keep in mind that you are not doing this to avoid answering questions that you are not authorized to answer. You can learn more about the kind of environment this person thrives in by asking them about a hobby that helps them unwind from the strain of work.

Ask the Right Questions

It’s crucial that you inquire about matters that will help you. Ask them open-ended questions so they can respond with more than just a yes or no. It’s critical to focus on determining whether this candidate will get along with your team during the interview. We cannot limit our attention to what they have previously accomplished for their employers.

Be Energetic

Show the applicant the feelings you want to see. They might not be as enthusiastic about the interview as you are since they are unaware of how fantastic your firm is, but now is your chance to introduce them to your culture and demonstrate how you’ll work.

Ask them for questions

Recruiters and educational institutions are increasingly advising candidates to raise at least one question during an interview and to take advantage of the chance to ask a topic they feel is crucial.

Finally, determine which style best suits your business or attempt to develop your own. Interviewing may be enjoyable! Make sure your interviewing methods and process are evolving along with the times and the standards governing how to carry out specific tasks. Always keep in mind that you have sat in their chair before and might do it again. What format would you prefer for the interview?

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Jazmine Wilkes

Proud millennial human resource leader focused on sharing HR insights, learnings and resources. Sharer of memes. Author of HRJazzy. Connect with her on LinkedIn.


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