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Interviewing Skills by Tim Hindle

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Selecting Interviewees

Once you have assessed applicants, you can start to draw up a shortlist of interviewees. Often, only a small number of candidates are suitable – if this is not so, choosing whom to interview from the shortlist can be the hardest part of the exercise.

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Screen applicants by meeting them informally before holding interviews.

Using a matching sheet

One technique for deciding whom to shortlist is to create a “matching sheet” for each candidate. Take a blank sheet of paper and draw two lines down the middle. On one side, list the criteria required for the job; make copies of the sheet, and use one per applicant, noting their skills and experience on the blank side. In the centre column, tick off the items that “match” ...

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