Ten questions you should ask in a job interview
We believe that the interview is a crucial part of making your final decision. We have collected 10 questions we recommend asking your candidates to help you do that.
- Why are you interested in this position?
This is one of the most important things to ask a candidate. You want to understand why they are interested in the job, if their expectations match yours, what their reasons for applying are, and what they hope to achieve. You can also find out how much the candidate knows about the position and how much preparation would be necessary.
- Tell me about yourself
When answering this question your candidates will tell you about their life and work experience, but it’s just as important to notice how they express themselves. If you listen carefully you can learn what the candidate holds valuable, what their priorities are, and how they view themselves and their environment.
- How will you handle the challenges of the job?
Describe the challenges of the job as you see them, and ask the candidates to explain how they would handle them. If the answer does not match your expectations, ask them to elaborate. We recommend keeping an open mind while still making sure there is a mutual understating of what is expected of them. This is also a good opportunity to prepare the candidates for some of the problems that may arise so that once they get the job they already know what to expect.
- Name some of your good and bad qualities
We believe good employees are the ones who are able to look inwards, acknowledge their strengths and weaknesses, and always strive to be better. It is important that you feel like the answers are honest and that they match your expectations.
- How would your former coworkers describe you?
Of course, you can’t know if your candidates would answer honestly, but you can see how they perceive the impression they make and what their idea of a good working environment is. This is an opportunity to ask the candidate about teamwork and workplace dynamics. If the position you are hiring for involves working in a team, we recommend adding teamwork-related questions to your compatibility test.
- Manage expectations
Give your candidates a clear description of the position and what is expected of them, including the less appealing parts of the job. We recommend not giving vague answers or withholding any relevant information, since that would result in misunderstandings once they get the job. Moreover, if candidates know exactly what to expect they can make an informed decision about whether this is the job for them or not.
- Where do you see yourself in a few years?
We believe that hiring long-term employees is ideal. It’s important to understand the candidates’ aspirations, their expectations for the future, and how reliable they are.
- How do you handle mistakes?
You can learn a lot about a candidate when it comes to dealing with mistakes. Employees that don’t acknowledge their mistakes or react poorly to criticism are usually problematic when it comes to learning a new skill, teamwork, and self-improvement.
- Tell me about your last workplace
You can also ask how long they have spent in other workplaces in the past and what were their reasons for leaving. Some of their answers might reveal difficulties that they have faced before, and these could be relevant to the position you are interviewing them for.
- Allow them to ask you some questions
Job seekers today are exposed to many different offers and sometimes it’s hard to find the most appropriate one. We encourage you to make the candidates feel comfortable asking everything they would like to know before deciding whether or not this is the job for them. Stay patient, clear, and informative, and don’t let them leave the interview with unanswered questions.
Remember that every person is different and there are no definitive rules to hiring. Use your judgment when interviewing and trust your instincts.
Mynextworker team wishes you success!