4 Things to Do Before Interviewing Someone for Your Team

Alex Kilpatrick | September 12, 2018

Choosing people for your team is a complicated and painstaking process. It should be treated with all responsibility because the future development of the company and the overall relationship of the team depend on your choice.

Most successful recruitment consists of the correct system for the selection of candidates’ CVs and a productive interview. If you make some mistakes in these stages, it’s unlikely that in the end, you will get what you want.

In fact, all errors can be avoided if you follow a clear plan. Of course, the ideal strategy will come only with experience, but you should work step by step to improve it and learn not only from your mistakes but also from others.

As you have already understood, the interviewer’s strategy is very important, so today, we will pay attention to four things to do before interviewing someone for your team.



Before the interview, set yourself up for a good mood. Convince yourself that this particular candidate is ideal for you. If you are in a good mood, then the atmosphere in the interview will be relaxed and productive. It will be easier for you to communicate with the employee and your stress will not be transferred to the applicant. Accordingly, the interview will be more successful.

To cheer yourself up before the interview, drink your favorite drink: tea, coffee or juice. You can listen to music that you like or read a book. In general, do what makes you relaxed and abstracts from problems and bad thoughts. Do not forget that the whole process of the interview depends on your behavior and condition and that your negative energy can affect the outcome.



This action will help you to find out more about the employee even before he comes to the interview. In our time, information about a person is not difficult to find because it is public access. When you know more about the character, it will be easier for you to ask questions and, if anything, to figure out the deception. For such an “investigation,” you can use employee background check services. With them, you will be able to find out some info that your candidate wants to keep secret.

Also, it’s better to use phone number lookups to find out all accounts in social networks, email address, location and even criminal records by the phone number of the owner. Do not forget that everyone has secrets and not everyone is ready to share them. If it is connected with a criminal past or with different provocative moments, then you should know about it.



Preparation is the most important and responsible part, and this is the key to a successful interview and future employment. Prepare all the questions that interest you. Do not forget that if you conducted a preliminary investigation, as I described above, then ask the question, the answer to which you already know. Questions can range from “Why are you a good fit for our team?” to “What is your greatest achievement?”



Maybe you should invite a member of your team who has been working for a long time and knows about the atmosphere in the current squad to the interview. Thus, you can assess the candidate from different sides. You – directly from the professional side, the amount of experience, achievements and working qualities; and your employee –  from the side of the manner of communication, conversation, and if this person fits the collective. After the interview, you can discuss all the positive and negative points and make the right decision. Thus, you will choose not only a good worker and a professional but also a person who will best complement your team.


The interview is not about the search for the ideal candidate; it is about people who can find common ground with you and prove that they are worthy to become a part of your company. The main thing for a successful interview is a strategy that you must improve each time. Correct mistakes and work on yourself. These tips will help you put your professional commitments on a better level.

About The Author

Alex Kilpatrick is the Marketing Communications Manager at interviewstream and has been with the company since 2018. In her free time, she enjoys running, reading, traveling and spending time outdoors.


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