When you interview an applicant, you have to gather as much information as possible in a short period. Gleaning enough about a candidate to determine whether they’re the best fit for a role is challenging — but by asking good interview questions, you’ll not only get a clearer idea of their skills and experience, but also get a sense for their conversational skills, problem-solving skills and ability to think quickly.
The best way to adequately assess a candidate for both skill fit and culture fit is to ask questions that are specific to the company or role as well as broader questions that give the applicant an opportunity to show their personality and ability to think critically under pressure.
Here are a few of the best interview questions to ask candidates.
- What career accomplishment makes you most proud?
- Why do you want to work here?
- What made you want to apply for this position?
- Tell me something about yourself that isn't on your resume.
- What are your greatest strengths?
- What are your greatest weaknesses?
- Tell me about a difficult work situation and how you overcame it.
- Can you tell me about your current job?
- Why are you leaving your current employer?
- What could your current company do to be more successful?
- Tell me about a time you had to manage a particularly heavy workload. How did you handle it?
- Describe a time when you had to work with someone whose personality or work style was very different from yours.
- What are your long-term career goals?
- How do you want to improve yourself in the next year?
- Do you work best alone or on a team?
Don't forget to always offer time for the candidate to ask questions for you. This indicates their interest in your company and opportunity.
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