Preparing for an interview requires work by both employer and candidate. As an employer, you want to develop a list of questions to shape the interview — structured in a way that will let you learn about your candidates in a conversational way.
Although each position that you are hiring for will require position-specific questions, asking all of your candidates some general questions will enable you outline a candidate’s goals and aspirations, as well as test their cultural fit.
To help you get a sense of each candidate, here are some of our favorite commonly-used interview questions:
Tell me about yourself. This question will give you some background on candidate in their own words. This open-ended question is a great way to judge communication skills and get to know the candidate on a personal level.
What interests you in this position? Asking a question like this will often highlight the candidate’s strengths and will help you determine whether the candidate is truly passionate about the role and the company as a whole.
What do you know about our company and/or products? Asking this question will show how much homework the candidate has done about your company and your products — another indicator of the candidate’s interest excitement about the role.
Tell me about a time when you faced opposition in the work place. What was the situation and what was the result? This question will showcase a candidate’s ability to deal with stressful situations, and how they manage potential conflict. Look for answers that showcase the candidate’s ability to find proactive solutions to difficult situations, or took leadership.
How would coworkers describe the role that you play on a team? This question will showcase a candidate’s ability to work with others and to assess them in terms of cultural fit.
Tell me about a time when you grew professionally. This will highlight the candidate’s motivation, experience and eagerness to learn.
Give me an example of an assignment that you found difficult to finish. How did you go about it? This allows the candidate to demonstrate their problem solving skills, creativity, and ability to manage deadlines.
Where where would you like to be in your career in five years? Hiring candidates with strong drive and aspiration is crucial for growing companies. Watch for candidates who are ambitious, set goals and have a plan to accomplish them.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? This is a great question to get insight into what candidates find important, and even pick up some great advice along the way.
Do you have any questions for me? Candidates should come with questions about the position and your company — be prepared to answer as many questions as needed.