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You understand why the interview process needs to be considered carefully:

___The interview will be, for most applicants, their first face-to-face exposure to the organization.

___The interview often sets the tone for what the job itself will be like.

___The form of the interview will have a great deal to do with what you actually find out about the applicants.

Before the interview:

___You have chosen interviewers.

___You have decided how many people to interview.

___You have decided how many levels of interviewing you plan to do.

___You have decided how long each interview will be.

___You have decided what questions you will ask of all candidates.

___You know what questions you should not ask.

___You have chosen applicants to interview.

___You know how you will schedule the interviews.

___You have worked to establish a comfortable atmosphere.

___You have decided how you will rate applicants' interview performance.

___You have decided who will do what in each interview.

___You have decided what information you will give to all candidates.

___You have decided if there will be any other aspect to the interview besides conversation.

After the interview:

___You have checked references.

___Call your first choice and offer her the position.

___After a candidate accepts, call other interviewees and tell them the position has been offered to someone else.

___Send an individually-addressed form letter out to those who applied but weren't interviewed, explaining the position has been filled.

___Send a letter to the person who took the job stating the terms of employment and (possibly) a contract to sign.