Let’s face it, job interviews are an awkward experience for the people on both sides of the table. But it’s still a critical stage in the hiring process. As an interviewer, you have to use the time to find out if the candidate has what it takes to effectively do the job.
Instead of asking the same old job interview questions, try asking questions deserving of interesting answers. Candidates have been through the interview process multiple times and formed standard responses to typical questions. Questions that make them think bring out natural answers. That makes the conversation more insightful and less awkward.
In this guide, we’ve put together 25 great questions team members and hiring managers can bring into the interview room.
Motivational questions give the candidate the opportunity to talk about their career goals and explain what they want in a job. Typical motivational interview questions include “Why do you want to work for our company” or “Where do you see yourself in five years.” Those questions are fine to ask but here are few more that can help you understand what drives a candidate:
Emotional intelligence (often known as soft skills) questions give you an idea of how a candidate will deal with the challenges of the role and insight into their self awareness. But if you ask someone about their strengths and weaknesses, they’ll naturally focus on what they’re good at. Asking the questions below can give you a solid understanding of how someone will navigate the challenges the role presents.
Situational questions and behavioral help you understand how a candidate works through specific examples. They can be hypothetical or set the candidate up to share actually situations they’ve experienced. Asking a candidate about a challenge they’ve experienced in the past isn’t a bad question but these unique interview questions give you more insight into their thought process.
Skill assessment questions help you learn if the candidate has the ability to do the job. You might need a candidate to complete an exercise or test for some roles but these types of questions can give you an idea of how they think and view their skill set.
Job interviews are your best opportunity to get to know a candidate and determine if they’re the person you’re looking for. So don’t squander it. Ask good questions that set the candidate up to express who they are.
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