The interview process can take many formats, depending upon the organization. Panel interviews can be arranged for candidates to meet various members of the management team at one time so they can work together to select the top candidate. Some panels are also made up of experts in the field from outside the organization. They serve as a screening panel for management to create a list of the top 3 candidates. Some interviews are one-on-one interviews with the hiring manager, or round robin scenarios with one-on-one interviews with various members of the organization, such as Human Resources, Operations and the CEO. Interviews can also include a tour of your facility and organization, where the candidates are introduced to many employees to observe their people skills. Some interviews entail the candidate making presentations on their background or topics of interest in the field to test their skill in public situations.
Once an interview format has been determined, make the arrangements. All participants should receive a calendar of events with names, times and locations. All candidates should also receive information about the format, who they will be meeting with, and specific locations and logistics such as parking or hotel arrangements, if necessary.