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How to Conduct a Job Interview

Author: Linda Segall, Segall Enterprises

The success of a business lies with the people who do the work - whether that work is managing overall operations as an executive or performing as an individual contributor at the lowest level of the organization. Because people in the organization are so important, hiring is one of the single most critical responsibilities a manager has.

Once candidates for a job opening have been identified, the next step in the hiring process is the job interview. In some organizations the HR staff performs a face-to-face initial interview to identify the best qualified candidates, who are then passed on to the hiring manager (and sometimes others) for consideration. In other organizations, after a short telephone interview that screens out candidates lacking qualifications, all candidates undergo an interview with the HR staff as well as the hiring manager.