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Conducting the BEST Job Interview Ever

If your employer invites you (or assigns you) to conduct a job interview for the company, jump at the chance. This will give you an opportunity to have a say in who is hired. You might even be the one responsible for a real 'find.'

It may seem awkward at first, having to 'switch' places so to speak, but you can do it. You'll also have resources from the HR department at your company to provide you some tips about interviewing if this is your first or second time.

Two-Way Process

Keep in mind that when you are conducting a job interview, the individual will be evaluating you and the organization just as much as you are evaluating him or her. Therefore, you need to be as professional in the role of interviewer as you were when you were interviewed for your job. That means business attire, interview etiquette, and a warm and welcoming presence. You probably remember the wet palms and nervousness you felt when you were the job candidate.

Have a list of questions available so you can garner the information you need and judge the person's qualifications for the job. Also be open to his or her inquiries. You'll want to amass plenty of facts and examples to bring back to management so the decision-makers can make a wise choice when it comes to inviting the person back for a second meeting or dismissing the idea.

Look For Specific Examples

A good job interview results from sound questions and specific answers - where the interviewee is willing and able to talk about experiences he or she has had in the workplace, illustrating talent, leadership, and an ability to exercise good judgment. Also rely on your impressions. How does the individual come across? What personality traits do you pick up? Do you have a good feeling about this person or do you feel uneasy or unsettled when he or she speaks? All of these cues are important to the overall experience.

Take Notes Immediately Afterwards

After conducting a job interview, jot down a few notes - your sense of the person, both positive and negative, and your reasons for your conclusions. This is not a time to hedge or hesitate. A decision about whom to hire could be crucial to the company's success as well as your own as a valued employee. Honesty, as the saying goes, is always the best policy to follow.