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Interviewing Skills

Duration: One Day

Course Trainer: Irish Times Training

Who should attend:

Staff members who sit on DIT Interview Boards for the selection of staff


Course Benefits

  • Be aware of DIT Policies and Procedures
  • Ensure a more professional approach to staff selection
  • Develop an approach to devising the structured interview, ensuring clear guidelines and methods are in place
  • Review and update categories of questions; including competency-based questions
  • Understand the key aspects of employment law within an interview
  • Develop confidence in note taking and selection decisions


Course Content



  • Job & Person Specification
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Competency–Based Approach
  • Isolating Job-specific competencies, Designing and Asking Competency-Based Questions


Conducting the Interview

  • Timing and Environment of the Interview
  • Interviewing Techniques: (Format / Rapport / Active Listening / Perceptions – Halo Effect/ Body Language/ Non-verbal Communication / Assertiveness)
  • Questioning Techniques - (Open / Closed / Hypothetical / Probing challenging candidates)
  • Recent Employment Law


Closing the Interview

  • Post Interview
  • Writing up the Interview
  • Evaluating the Candidate
  • Communicating at the interview – What are the difficulties?
  • General principles of interviewing, approach, preparation, structure and reporting
  • Questioning techniques, listening skills
  • Body language



Those who successfully complete this Training Course will be awarded the Licence to Interview at DIT