Here’s an interesting approach to an interview.
You and the applicant both have a copy of the résumé. Ask her to walk you through it.
The applicant might not grasp immediately what you’re asking of her, so you might say this:
“Alice, you’ve got a number of items here on your résumé. I’d like you to expound on the important ones. We obviously don’t need to cover the basic points: contact information, that type of thing, but, as an example, for each previous company you’ve listed, tell me what you did there, what you liked and didn’t like about working there, things like that.”
And when Alice does that with each company listed, move on to her qualifications and skills:
“You’ve got three different skills mentioned here, Alice. Tell me what you can about each skill. How did you accomplish them? How did you utilize each one in previous positions? How would you utilize them here?”
When finished with skills, look over the résumé and see what else is there you can have Alice discuss in some depth. Are there interests or passions that you’d like to know more about?
This tip is a nice guideline to help you learn a good deal more about your applicant. Which of course reminds me of our basic premise:
The Better Your Hiring Decision Will Be.
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