Part A1 - Consider some important characteristics of interviews
When preparing for an interview, interviewees should consider some important characteristics of interviews. this section discusses the following characteristics: who will conduct the interview? how many people will conduct it? what job does the interview cover? does the interview constitute an initial or later interview?
Tthese characteristics may affect the approach that interviewees plan to take and the decision on whether to make a prior investigation of the prospective organisation and/or the position.
Preparing for an Interview
1 When Interviewees try to plan for a particular interview they will do better if they identify various characteristics of a particular interview. These characteristics include: (a) who, and how many people, will conduct the interview, (b) what job does the interview cover, and (c) the interview stage reached in the selection process (e.g. initial, intermediate, or final interview).
Who will conduct the interview?
2 Interviewers come from (a) the Organisation which aims to employ someone or (b) outside the Organisation (e.g. a Consultant, Executive-Searcher, or Employment Agent).
3 Inside the Organisation, the Interviewers may rate as (a) a Personnel Executive, (b) a Manager who will have charge of the Appointee or (c) someone with a different position.
4 Applicants should try to find out who they will see because they may wish to alter their approach according to the role and the position the Interviewer holds.
How many people will conduct the interview?
5 Interviewees should try to find out the number of Interviewers – one person or a panel of Interviewers.