BEST INTERVIEW QUESTIONS (To get the right candidates)
Best Interview Questions•Interview Question: Tell me about yourgreatest achievement at work. Goal: The applicant’s answer tells a lot aboutwhat the individual values and what he or sheconsiders important. It also demonstrates whatthe applicant considers to be an achievement.
Interview Question: Describe the workenvironment in which you will mosteffectively be able to contribute.Goal: The candidate’s response tells theinterviewer whether their work environment iscongruent with the candidate’s needs. Theanswer helps the interviewer determine thecandidate’s cultural fit.
Interview Question: What kind of oversightand interaction would your ideal bossprovide? Goal: You want to know how self-directedyour candidate is. In a company thatemphasizes empowerment, for example, acandidate that requires constant direction willnot fit. If you know that the boss who is thehiring manager is a micromanager, the self-driven candidate may not succeed. (What areyou doing about this boss’s managementstyle?)
•Interview Question: Tell me about a timewhen you had to overcome a major obstaclethat stood in the way of you accomplishing agoal or commitment. Goal: You will obtain a clear picture of thecandidates past performance. You obtaininformation about his or her problem solvingstyle and you also learn about what thecandidate considers to be an obstacle. You mayalso learn about his or her interaction stylewith coworkers.
•Interview Question: What prompted you toapply for this job? What interested you themost about this position? Goal: You want to know what the prospectiveemployee is most interested in related to yourposition. The answer will tell you about whatmotivates the individual and what is importantto the applicant.
Interview Question: Why are you leaving yourcurrent employer? (If the applicant isemployed) Goal: The applicants response tells you abouthis or her values, outlook, goals, and needsfrom an employer. You can determine whatprompted the job search.
•Interview Question: What are the three mostimportant attributes or skills that you believeyou would bring to our company if we hiredyou? Goal: The candidates answer tells you whathe or she considers most important in theirskill set. You also learn about how thecandidate views your open position.
Interview Question: What are the first threethings you would do on the job if you werehired for this position? Goal: You will gain an understanding of whatthe applicant deems important, theirunderstanding of the requirements of your job,and how the candidate approaches a newsituation.
Interview Question: How would yourcoworkers at your current job describe yourinteraction with them and your generaleffectiveness in your work performance? Howwould your coworkers describe you? Goal: You want to understand how thecandidate thinks that his or her coworkers viewtheir interaction. You also want to assess howcoworkers like working with the candidate.These questions give you an idea about thecandidates assessment of his effectiveness inhis current job and in his relationship withcoworkers. Past practice can predict futureresults.
Interview Question: How would your currentboss describe your work and contribution? Goal: You want to understand how thecandidate perceives the support and opinionof his current employer. This question tells youabout the candidates interaction with hiscurrent boss. It also informs you about how heaccepts criticism and feedback.
Interview Question: How do you believe thatyour current skills will contribute to theaccomplishment of our companys goals andmission as stated on our website or incompany literature? Goal: Prospective employees have long beenasked to learn about the company to whichthey are applying. In this Internet age, learningabout the company has never been easier. Thisquestion tells you if the prospective employeedid learn about your company. Further, it tellsyou if the candidate was thoughtful about hisor her potential "fit" in your company andwhether she will be able to contribute.
•Interview Question: How do you go aboutcontinuing to develop your professional skillsand knowledge? Goal: You want to hire employees who believein continuous development and improvement.Listen carefully to whether the prospectiveemployee pursues his or her own professionaldevelopment or whether they depend on theiremployer to provide the developmentopportunities.
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