how to conduct interviews

How to Conduct Interviews

Give Your Managers the guide they need
to conduct effective interviews

Interviewing Guide

This Interviewing Guide will teach your staff and managers how to conduct interviews. Written in plain English, easy-to-understand and read.

Preview  &  Download

So, you’re going to do some interviewing!  Whether you’re an old pro or this is your first time, it’s a good idea to follow consistent interview guidelines and procedures.

Interviews are crucial to the recruiting and hiring process. Regardless of format, the main purpose of any employment interview is to facilitate the exchange of information between interviewer and candidate.

The interview allows the candidate to sell themselves, their skills, and their experience to the interviewer, and allows the interviewer to sell the position, the leaders of the company, and the company’s mission to the candidate.


This How to Conduct Interviews Guide is a reference for all staff involved in interviewing. It provides consistent interviewing guidelines and procedures, information about legislated requirements; and guidelines related to preparing for and conducting preliminary telephone screening interviews and in-person interviews.

This guide is for anyone involved in conducting phone screen and in-person interviews.  It can be easily customized to describe your company guidelines and practices related to legislated requirements, as well as how to prepare for and conduct effective interviews.

It sets expectations, and provides  guidelines and procedures to be followed by all staff involved in the interview process, including:

  • Types of interviews, pros & cons
  • Interview dos and don’ts
  • Interview preparation

If you are a new manager, new to interviewing, or feel uncomfortable or nervous in the interviewer role, review the guide to familiarize yourself with company standards and expectations around interviewing.  It contains many helpful tips and tricks that will help put both you and the interview candidate at ease. 

Why use the Interviewing Guide

  • Ensure adherence to the law and to your company’s guidelines and protocols when your staff conduct interviews
  • Equip your managers to conduct better interviews with more consistent results

What you risk by not using the Interviewing Guide

  • Interviewing effectiveness is clouded by common misconceptions 
  • The people conducting interviews on behalf of your company are not aware of legal do's and don'ts, or interviewing best practices 

Can I preview & download this HR template?

You bet.  To preview, just click on the blue link below.

Guide for Managers - How to Conduct Interviews

Download it for FREE!
Limited Time Bonus.  Get an additional 5 of our most popular HR Templates for free!

Which HR kit is it included in?

The Interviewing Guide can be used on its own as a stand-alone tool, or as part of the Interviewing Kit for Managers, which is one of 4 ConnectsUs Recruiting & Hiring Kits.


Click image to view full size



  • “…I finished my first draft of the whole manual yesterday; after only 3 weeks of having your product. It would have taken me months to do the same thing by myself. THANKS A LOT FOR A WONDERFUL TOOL!...”

    Jorge O. Aviles | Arrow Energy Ltd.
  •  "... covers all the bases and really do let us focus on fine-tuning an existing product to meet our needs instead of starting completely from scratch."

    Ed Anderson | President, Dyrand Systems
  • "... much-needed and well thought out. We recommend the products to our clients who have a need to cut through the complexities of managing their employees. It’s easy to use and provides immediate value.”

    Greg Pallone | President, TRG Group
  • “I love your products. You have done a truly fabulous job with your toolkits. I’ve just spent 3 hours customizing your toolkit for one of my clients, and what I’ve done already would have any senior management team ecstatic. Talk about return on investment!”

    Deborah Nicols | Principal HR Consultant, Nicols & Dymes Consulting Inc.
  • "Entirely straightforward!  Our Office Administrator basically took the templates and ran with them in a few days…professionally written using common language, and demonstrates significant and immediate value."

    Kent Toy | Director, Finance & Administration, Antarctica Systems
  • "... We had a menu of everything we could possibly need to quickly create HR best practices. The toolkit helped me understand what every small business should have in place."

    Salina Visram Landstad | Partner, Creative Spirits