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Hiring? 6 tips to become a great interviewer

Author: Andy Watson

Published date: 2020/01


You have a stack of interviews scheduled, you’ve got a list of questions you want to ask them and you know how to ‘sell’ your company. Sounds easy right?

Research by the REC stated that 85% of HR decision-makers admit that their organisation has made a bad hire, proving that it might not be as easy as it looks. More concerning, the report added that poor hire at mid-manager level (with a salary of £42,000) can cost a business more than £132,000. Ouch!

Here are 6 tips to help you become a more successful interviewer.


Research from LinkedIn found that a staggering 83% of people said a negative interview experience would change their mind about a role or company they once liked. In a candidate-short market, going the extra mile to provide a top-notch interview experience really will go a long way.

Know your candidate

Solid research combined with smart questioning shows that you’ve put time and effort into them as an individual and helps you discover even more about them.

Clever questions

Ask open questions about specific situations. This encourages candidates to share more information with you and makes it harder for them to fib about what they’ve done in the past.

Interviews go both ways

Of course, the employer holds most of the cards but remember that the candidate is searching for the right fit too. You are an ambassador for your company, so less grilling and more selling.


Making notes is important but not at the detriment of the interview. Why not have a scribe in the meeting to take notes for you so you can give the candidate your full attention.

Body Language

A candidate’s body language may not be able to tell you if they can do the job, but it can help you understand them better as a person and determine whether they would be a good fit for your company. Don’t forget about your own body language. How you come across could influence their decisions too.

If you’d like more advice on how to plan, prepare and deliver great interviews, feel free to give me a call on 01284 701302 or email me at awatson@cooperlomaz.co.uk.