10. Interviewing (iii): When to interview
The timetable for interviews needs to be carefully completed. You should be sure all interviewers are available and that sufficient time is allowed for each candidate. Bear in mind that despite your best intentions to keep each interview to one hour, it is possible for one to over-run by 10 or 15 minutes - perhaps due to a late start or because there are some interesting and directly relevant areas to explore further in the discussion.
Your letters inviting people for interview should go out in plenty of time and should be very clear. They should tell the candidate:
- that they are being invited for an interview;
- when the interview is and how long it is expected to last;
- where they need to report (including instructions or a map, if necessary) and who to ask for;
- what they should bring with them;
- whether expenses will be paid;
- whether they need to confirm their attendance (with contact details if they do); and,
- who to contact in the case of a problem arising.
It goes without saying that the letters should be personally addressed and signed.