The Do's & Don'ts of Interviewing

Jun 27, 2017

The interview is an important step on your way to hiring the right candidate, and it can be stressful for the person conducting the interviewer as well as the applicant. To help make the process a little smoother, here are a few quick tips for conducting an interview:


  • Telephone screenings (a 10-15 minute, pre-face-to-face interview)

  • Ask behavioral interview questions that are open ended

  • Have consistency with each candidate by asking the same questions

  • Rate each response on a numerical scale

  • Make any final notes directly following each candidate since it will be fresh on your mind

  • Ask for references, both personal and professional (outside of family)


  • Don’t ask discriminatory questions; age, religion, race, marital status, children, etc.

  • Don’t write on application or resume (need to keep for 2 years in case of lawsuit)

  • Don’t ask questions that can be answered with rehearsed responses

  • Don’t have candidates come in to perform revenue generating activity as part of the interview process

  • Don’t conduct interviews alone

  • Don’t do background checks before providing an offer letter (intent to hire)

*This blog is for general information purposes only. It should not be considered legal advice or interpreted as legal opinion of any specific facts or circumstances. For additional do’s and don’ts and ways to keep your business in compliance with Federal, State, and Local laws, please reach out to PTN's preferred vendors that offer hiring services.

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