10-MINUTE PRE-INTERVIEW CHECKLIST
If you have just 10 minutes to prepare, be sure you can answer these questions:
KNOW: KNOW THE JOB
What will the person actually do:
What are the qualifications needed:
KNOW THE ENVIRONMENT
What is the work setting like:
What kind of person flourishes there:
What do you, the manager, offer?
What do you need?
KNOW THE MARKET
What do you, the employer, offer?
What is the candidate availability?
KNOW THE CANDIDATE
What is your ideal candidate?
What are the individual candidates like?
PREPARE: PREPARE FOR ALL CANDIDATES
Are areas of exploration established?
PREPARE FOR EACH CANDIDATE
Are strengths, weaknesses and unknowns established? Are questions planned to cover them?
PREPARE FOR THE INTERVIEW (Substance)
Do you know what you want to accomplish?
PREPARE FOR THE INTERVIEW (Mechanics)
Do you know how to do it? How will the candidate be treated? Are all materials ready? Arrangements made?
INTERVIEW: You KNOW what you're looking for;
You've PREPARED for the interview;
Your INTERVIEW will be successful!*
* Stephen D. Bruce, Manager's Guide to Better Interviewing (Bureau of Law & Business, Inc., 1984), 0.