The 45-Minute Interview

Job interview approaches and process vary greatly between companies and interviewers.

One-on-one interview times generally range from a 20-minute informal conversation to more rigorous rounds of behavioral interviews of 45 minutes or more.

To make the best use of your time as an interviewer, make sure that before you begin you have clear definitions of the job description, desired competencies, and organizational culture. Then create a clear and concise interview schedule to ensure that you take advantage of your interviewing skills to get the information you need to make an informed decision.

The 45-minute agenda should include the following areas:

  1. Climate: Select a quiet and relaxing place, greet the candidate warmly, and open the meeting in a friendly manner while setting expectations for the interview and asking if they have any questions. 5 Minutes.

  2. Competencies: Use behavioral interviewing skills to uncover the Technical, Non-Technical and Motivational Competencies required to succeed. 30 minutes.

  3. Closure: Make sure to leave time for additional questions or topics that you may not have anticipated and, if it makes sense, to sell the candidate on the benefits of joining your organization. 10 minutes.

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