Can your candidates write?
No seriously! Think how easy it is for someone to get through the standard conversation based interview without us finding out that their standard of written English is appalling?…..
For most roles now, I am asking candidates to complete an application form. They are asked to do this without access to their CV. This means that they must compose sentences relating their skills and experiences, and that we are able to see if those sentences are grammatically correct and with the added bonus of these sentences being composed of existing English words which are correctly spelt!
You may say that you are not interviewing for a copy writer or similar but in fact consider whether or not you would want to be checking each and every e-mail that your future employee is sending to a client on your behalf?