Interview Guide


Establish rapport with candidate.

Set the interview agenda

Let the candidate know:

  • The interview will take approximately (time).
  • I/we will ask a series of job related questions.
  • I/we will give you more information about the job.
  • You will have the opportunity to ask questions.
  • I/we will "wrap up" at the end of the interview, including "next steps."

Set expectations for the interview

Let the candidate know:

  • I will be taking notes to evaluate you fairly.
  • I may ask you to repeat an answer to ensure I fully understand.
  • Please take your time in responding to questions.
  • Take notes if you wish.

Explain the job

  • Primary accountabilities.
  • Work environment.

Ask pre-determined interview questions

Wrap up the interview

  • Ask the candidate:
    • Do you have any additional information you would like to share?
    • Do you have any questions for me?
  • Give the candidate "next steps":
    • More candidates to interview/review.
    • Must get approval for hire from the Office of Institutional Equity.
      • It is the policy of Western Michigan University to hold all University personnel with hiring authority accountable to the principles, philosophy, and procedures of Affirmative Action/EEO.
      • The Office of Institutional Equity must review the hiring process prior to a hiring offer to ensure University and federal standards are met.
    • If required, a background check is conducted on finalists recommended for hire.
  • Do not make any promises of hire.
  • Give a reasonable time frame for the candidate to receive a final decision. Consider the time needed for Office of Institutional Equity approval, background check, and making offer to finalist.
  • Thank candidate.

Summarize and evaluate the interview

  • Review candidate responses to questions after the candidate has left the interview.
  • Make notes on impressions, answers, etc., based upon job related criteria.