I'm interviewing for an assistant to help out part time in my office, I have 3 interviews lined up next week, the problem is I've never been the interviewer before and I'm not really sure what to ask, or what answers I should be looking for.
The job is basically to help out with whatever needs doing in the office, there are 2 others working full time but I'm a part time director and just need someone to help out with some of the more mundane bits that I don't have time to do.
So wise mners, what should I ask and what are good answers?
You need to base the questions around the job requirements. Will the candidates need any It skills? - If so, you could set them a test (eg word processing a letter / copy & paste from one doc to another.)
I would ask them to give examples of how they have tackled certain tasks - rather than asking "how would blah blah blah", ask them "can you tell me about a time when you did blah blah blah, what worked well and what could you have done differently?" This gives them a chance to tal about their experiences, or to highlight transferable skills.
Finally have a good read through of their application forms or CVs and ask any questions arising from them.
Remember to give them the opportunity to ask any questions, and I always ask whether they are still interested at the end of the interview.