This step is essential to a smooth process and that you remain in control throughout. Don't assume your candidate will research the company he or she is going to interview with. Give your candidates the following information as a minimum:
● The location of the interview and the details on how to get there
● When the interview will be held (i.e., what time)
● Who will be conducting the interview
● The full job brief as you understand it
● Tips on what to expect. You may have met the hiring manager so you can tell your candidate a little about their personality or how she or he may handle the interview.
● Ask your candidate to review the company website or give them information regarding the company
● Refer them to a Linked in Profile of the person conducting the interview
If you have prepared an assignment specification for the client, then prepare a short document the candidate from that assignment specification. Wish the candidate luck. Ask them to get in touch with you as soon as possible after the interview. Take your time with briefing the candidate for the interview. I have heard many stories from clients about how inappropriately briefed candidates turned up for interview. Remember, that perception is reality for our clients and we want to leave them with the impression that we have earned our fee.
This is a short exert from my new book THE ART OF RECRUITMENT