Interview techniques and structure

Interview techniques and structure
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How do you know you've found the perfect candidate?

The interview is the most important part of the recruitment process, both for you and the candidate. It’s your opportunity to see how this person would fit into your organisation and to see if they have the knowledge and expertise you need to improve your business.

For the candidate, it’s a chance to examine the surroundings and get a sense of what you are like as an employer, so be sure to put your best foot forward and be welcoming, but have probing questions prepared in advance.

  • Step 1: Lay out clear objectives for the interview
  • Step 2: Lay out a clear action plan
  • Step 3: Set up a clear agenda for the interview
  • Step 4: During the interview, focus on getting to know your candidate


You’re potentially basing several years of service on a one-hour interview, so make sure your interview structure allows for the most enlightening conversation.

If you would like to discuss any of these aspects of recruitment with one of our experts, contact us directly via email: or download our Talent Guide for more insight.

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