Interviews are extensively used for the recruitment of new employees, but have been criticised for failing to identify appropriate candidates suitable for the organisation. It is essential that professional accountants recognise both the problems and opportunities that formal selection interviews present.
The purpose of the selection interview is to find the best possible person for the position and who will fit into the organisation. Those conducting the interview must also ensure that the candidate clearly understands the job on offer, the associated career prospects and that he or she feels that fair treatment has been provided throughout the selection process.
In addition, the interview also provides the opportunity to provide a good impression of the organisation, whether the candidate has been successful or not.